Breathe Again – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon


Photo: David Mcnew, Getty Images.  LA as a result of Corona lock-down and less traffic has clearer skies. Once again Mt. Everest is visible from India and Nepal, and other cities, especially Wuhan, have clear air. For a moment the earth breathes, but only a moment, and we’re not touching even the tip of the carbon berg.


“Silence is only frightening people who are compulsively verbalizing.”  William S. Buroughs

Breathe Again

Why haven’t we done this before,
is the monk’s cell so vulgar,
so stark, that we cannot contemplate
the wholeness of solitude
and turn aside, weary as we are,
to rest a while from the wheel,
letting the earth breathe again,
that we might too.

©Paul Vincent Cannon




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66 responses to “Breathe Again – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Reblogging this to my readers at sister site Poetic Justice

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  3. And so badly we and the earth need to catch our breath. I harbor a small hope this pause in pollution could grow into an interlude.

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  4. I am ever hopeful that some form of change will come about from this pause. Wonderful poem.

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  5. Well-said, Paul. Burroughs is the last person I expected that quote to come from!

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  6. Beautiful and hopeful?

    Sent from my iPad


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  7. कितना सही कहा है,मां धरती चैन की सांस ले रही है।

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  8. हमने भी लिखा है इसपर

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  9. lync56

    Yes something to celebrate – in a dark time light is starting to filter through – oh for the monastic life to become a common practice again


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  10. Tja, one wonders, perhaps, possible, maybe, …..

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  11. The first line says it all: what is so important that we can’t take time out to let the earth breath.

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  12. Amy

    Ahh… “letting the earth breathe again…” beautifully expressed. Thank you, Paul!

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  13. The “breathing earth” is a wonderful expression.

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  14. I would love to rest awhile from the wheel.

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  15. Yes earth breathes a little these days but the cost some have paid is beyond audit.

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  16. I’m hoping and hoping and hoping that we will somehow continue to rest, at least a little longer, even when everything is back up and running. Somehow. I know it’s unlikely. But the quiet has been so nice and the sky so blue and the waters so clear. If only.

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  17. A wonderful poem for all the world.


  18. shrutibajajdey

    Beautifully written!

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