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



Filed under environment, Free Verse, life, mindfulness, poem, quote

38 responses to “The New – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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

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  3. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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  4. nice piece – eco !

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  5. The responsibility has always been there – maybe we will be more aware of it now.

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  6. Perhaps the new normal can be the new extraordinary? I like the sound of that vast field of joy.

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  7. lync56

    Wow great poem – so so true I just hope that we are experiencing a transitional period of history where we change our focus onto the earth nature and humanity and care for that first – get out priorities right


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  8. Amy

    Love this poem. Well expressed, Paul.

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  9. Yes, choice. Always. 🙏

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  10. Wonderful poem Paul.

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