The Real – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse Poets – Open Link Night

At dVerse Grace is hosting Open Link Night where we are invited to post a poem of our own choosing.


“They are the chosen ones who have surrendered.” Β Rumi

The Real

Ordinarily, power navigates life,
and we only surrender in that
moment when we can go no more,
because surely that is safe and
we have dignified our ego
and justified our place,
but the alchemy of life
conspires against us,
drawing us to rise to
the real hero’s journey of
courageous humility and that
strange discomfort of
scant attention to self.

Β©Paul Vincent Cannon



Filed under Free Verse, mindfulness, poem, quote

16 responses to “The Real – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I like your description of the real hero’s journey as “courageous humility”.

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  2. We have to surrender ourselves to find ourselves?

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  3. We live in extra ordinary times. These days, we are “seeing” what is essential and what is not. Be safe and healthy.

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  4. lync56

    Yes I long to be able to do this more – great poem and loved the Ruminator quote too


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  5. Deep… And thought provoking… Recently I am taking interest in Rumi. Good one

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  6. Agreed, ❀️ Rumi ❀️
    “the alchemy of life conspires against us” πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘. And its consequence as you described is equally πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘.

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