The Long Game – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon




“The human capacity for burden is like bamboo – far more flexible than you’d ever believe at first glance.”  Jodi Picoult

The Long Game

It is best to play the long game,
to know what sacrifices need to be made
in order to claim something more,
to measure the inches of resistance
and understand the pain,
knowing when to act,
holding it all together
as the world slides away,
and, while others gasp,
to calmly hold the space.

©Paul vincent Cannon



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

24 responses to “The Long Game – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. blindzanygirl

    I,love that last line

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  2. Love this and the photo fits so well.

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  3. Amy

    “…to calmly hold the space”, it’s pretty challenging, have to try…

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  4. My mother had the spirit your describe in your poem. It was a trait I greatly admired.

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  5. Charis Counselling

    Great poem


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  6. A beautiful poem. It reminds me a little of Taoist wisdom. Be well and stay save, Paul! Enjoy the new week! Michael

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  7. Takes discipline to focus on the ‘long game’ but always worth the effort. Good one, Paul.

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