I Might Not Have – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

VJs Weekly Challenge – Pause

Video: A creek in Mundaring.

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” Lao Tze

I Might Not Have

I might not have,
urgency possessed me,
my veins electric,
the hands of time at my throat,
unconscious of everything,
until the running water
captured my heart's ears,
I touched the red gum
and felt its skin,
a soft roughness
feathered me,
I took a draft of musk air,
right down to my beginning,
and paused for life,
I might not have.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


Filed under bush walking, Country, Free Verse, life, mindfulness, nature, poem, quote

32 responses to “I Might Not Have – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. It was lovely to read the poem while listening to the burbling creek.

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  2. Unable to reblog so am forwarding this via copy and paste to my readers at sister site Poetic Justice, with credit

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  3. You did it right.
    Just like nature we should not hurry all the time 🙂

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  4. Love how you have created the contrast between time choking, and the draft reaching “right down to my beginning”.

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  5. Paused for life? A good idea once in a while… 😎
    (I checked all words. All known to me. I think)😉

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  6. How beautiful! Nature makes me pause for life too!

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  8. This is such a restorative poem! Being in nature is one of the few ways of loosening the hands of time from my throat.

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  9. lync56

    Wow this is amazing poem – I love it – it has such deep meaning expressed so well


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