A Different Order – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“The order that our mind imagines is like a net, or like a ladder, built to attain something. But afterward you must throw the ladder away, because you discover that, even if it was useful, it was meaningless.”  Umberto Eco

A Different Order

It doesn’t begin until the magpie sings in the night
perhaps in September or late in October,
and summer is wrapped in six months
while winter dips into spring
and sometimes brings rain in both,
as it is for me that I might or
might not of anything or everything,
should it matter and,
even if it did,
would it really if I just didn’t?
And, even if it proved to be so,
I have a different drum
that beats strange.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

Paul, pvcann.com


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34 responses to “A Different Order – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon


  2. I like the strange beating drum at the end.

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  3. Walking to the beat of your own drum. Why not?

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  4. The Eco epigraph sets you off on a wonderful play of words and deconstructing how we think of order as even the seasons disobey sometimes! Am in love with this line
    “It doesn’t begin until the magpie sings in the night”

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  5. We all walk to the rhythm of our own beat. Always a pleasure to read your work, Paul.

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  6. Marron Santillan

    Ahhhhh beautiful poem!

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  7. I have an associative reaction to this poem completely unrelated to its content. “A Different Order” reminds me of my dad saying many times that angels are a separate order of being. Every time he heard “Teen Angel” on the radio, he would get very exasperated.

    Now that I’ve read it a second time, I think it has almost a Prufrockian quality.

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  8. lync56

    So true of you and yes a good point – great poem challenging


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  9. I like the strange drum. More interesting.

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  10. Such fine writing. I’d love to know more about how you came to write poetry.

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    • I played about a little over the years writing periodically. I was searching for my voice. I think in mature years it gelled for me, and most especially when I returned to reading poetry and felt more connected. But the back story is finding that voice in terms of spiritual awareness, political disdain, and social and ecological conscience, I found a way to say what I couldn’t say so creatively in other forms. Well that’s a potted short response. You’ve inspired me to work on my intro page.

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