Unlocking – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“It’s very important to know the neighbour next door and the person down the street and the people in another race.” Maya Angelou


How to navigate this hermetic cul-de-sac,
unitary cells of teflon,
the loneliness of locked doors,
alienated minus-community
hungry for real connection,
desiring wholeness, mutuality, 
to be understood,
having purpose without bond,
giving and receiving,
a storied adventure,
taking patient time,
unlocking our fears,
opening the elements of our lives,
living the commons,

©Paul Vincent Cannon


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

32 responses to “Unlocking – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Connecting, changing, whole.

    I felt that ❤️

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  2. Powerful and moving piece. We all share a in humanity a connection that runs deep to our core if we’re willing to look past the differences that make us unique and special. We should be celebrating each other and building each other up, not tearing each other down. ❤️

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  3. I do believe that it’s possible to have a real connection to other people while being physically separated from them. It’s hard, but there is evidence all around of people who have been able to achieve it.

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    • Many thanks Camile, that is very thoughtful indeed, and much appreciated. Somehow this ended in my spam folder, not sure how that ever happens but it seems quite regular. Glad I found this. I’m under the pump so to speak so if I don’t get to complete the tasks associated, please don’t be offended, but know that I really do appreciate the nomination.


  4. Very powerful and so hard to do, to open up to neighbours, and those who seem different.

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  5. Yes, we first have to unloc our fears. The mental lockdown is much more horrible, and honestly i think this will take much more time. Michael

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  6. Connections and unlocking our fears are the keys.
    We all need to learn this in our childhood but the question is how?

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  7. Charis Counselling

    So so true


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  8. Meaningful. Need of the hour.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Connections and community – these have become more important now.. We need them more… To keep our sanity, we need human connections and exchanging of thoughts, dreams and our daily nothings too.

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  10. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:

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