Monthly Archives: April 2020

Reducing The Distance – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon




“Openness isn’t the end; it’s the beginning.”  Margaret Heffernan

Reducing The Distance

Fear and prejudice are manifest,
tearing at our hearts as
one fear begets another and
to step out of that slavery
is what brings us together,
reducing the distance of suspicion
where we discover each other
leaving no room for misunderstanding,
no longer wanting what I don’t want
and knowing that fulfillment is
that which is within is that
by which I live,
a hidden wisdom to
which I constantly respond
with surprise.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



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Making Her Own Path – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

RDP Wednesday – Dance




“The moment in between what you once were, and who you are now becoming, is where the dance of life really takes place.”  Barbara de Angelis

Making Her Own Path

Alone at last
she heard again the
whispered invitation
and took off her outer self,
dancing a conversation
of physical grace,
an exquisite ritual
formed of something
deep within,
making her own path
along an ordinary course.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



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Open Myself – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

VJs Weekly Challenge – Wild Card

VJ has challenged us to respond to the words of the Dalai Lama “The planet does not need more “successful people.” The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds.”  Dalai Lama


Image: The work of Catherine Nelson and part of an extensive series called Other Worlds, see more at


“There is a way out, but the way out is really a way within.”  Ken Wilbur

Open Myself

The telephone booth beckons,
my hearts knows its mantra,
kenosis arrives in the moment
but only if I let it be so,
for I have to assent
to take off my high ground,
become the anti-hero,
open myself to the
transpersonal real,
singing back to earth
its own love song as if it
were my very own.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

Note: Kenosis (κενωσις) is a Greek word meaning to empty one’s self, used formally in relation to the theological and philosophical understanding of the incarnation.



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It Starts – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“It is not sex that gives pleasure but the lover.”  Marge Piercy

It Starts

It starts with
a series of moves until
she feels like she’s floating
above you and you’re
pulling her back, but
she’s making discoveries as
she nears the ceiling,
taking you with her,
swimming through a long sigh,
breaking surface at last,
our lungs sucking in air.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



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A Beautiful Wild – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon




“Some days I am more wolf than woman and I am still learning how to stop apologizing for my wild.”   Nikita Gill

A Beautiful Wild

She was a beautiful wild,
like autumn reds
and winds of winter,
a wanderer of mystery
caught up in forbidden places,
daring questions in her eyes,
at the edge of truth
reaching beyond
her ripeness in a
wilderness abandon,
fierce without reserve,
a longing made perfect
in love’s embrace.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



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Not Without Risk – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

RDP Saturday – Trouble


Photo:  Dianna Rigg as Emma Peel in the Avengers.


“She slept with wolves without fear, for the wolves knew a lion was among them.”  R.M. Drake

Not Without Risk

I was not in control,
your words caught in my mouth
teasing sensibilities,
breaking the rules,
a dangerous energy
so fragile
I hesitated,
catching glimpses,
not without risk,
you were trouble,
and I was adrift,
but by that time
you were my hero.

©Paul Vincent Cannon




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The New – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

RDP Friday – Normal




“We sense that ‘normal’ isn’t coming back, that we are being born into a new normal; a new kind of society, a new relationship to the earth, a new experience of being human.”  Charles Eisenstein

The New

I woke to the strangeness of a patient silence
that filled an obsolete vision of worlds,
I climbed off that clanking thrusting beast
as it lay wasted in my stead
and entered the vast field of joy,
where I saw the end of privilege,
that once would have devoured all the
tomorrows, wasting them on the altar of want,
but now I am challenged,
times are many and the distance is near,
this is the new normal
and the choice is mine,
to accept responsibility
for futures now seen.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



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The Corner Store – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

RDP Thursday – Corner Shop


Photo: found on Pinterest.

“Sometimes I wonder how normal normal people, and I wonder that most in the grocery store.”   Elizabeth Moon

The Corner Store

The bell tinkles as I push through,
stepping back in time to the
clutter of floor to ceiling,
a veritable treasure trove
complete with social telegraph
punctured only by the till and
hushed tones seeking credit,
children hoping for lollies,
sophisticated teens with milkshakes,
hanging on the veranda
of this humble emporium.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



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Re-membered – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

VJs Weekly Challenge – Remember



“If you remember me, then I don’t care if everyone else forgets.”  Haruki Murakami


Death is so singular,
so rude without compare,
beyond any place and
not just a little ambiguity
as it challenges the
primacy of our built reality,
an unwelcome intrusion into
the facia of polite circles
where everyone merely exists
and avoids the revelatory
nature of an invitation to
reframe life in the veins of
a narrative, re-membering,
putting back together a
semblance of what was once
so meaningful, a body of
moments that live on
in the telling.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



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Politician Bust – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse Poets – Quadrille

Mish at dVerse has invited us to write a quadrille (44 words) on the word flush.




“I mean maybe I was holding all the aces, but what was the game?”   Joan Didion

Politician Bust

His mood high as
he strode the hall
ready to ace the gaggle,
playing his cards close,
the microphones invaded
and he read his hand,
a frown creasing his face,
nothing was straight,
nothing was flush,
his game was a bust,
police sirens wailing.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

The toilet paper square for Mish at dVerse




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