I Am Until – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Grace at dVerse has invited us to write considering the phrase ‘I am’ – first person narrative, for Meet The Bar. dVerse Poets – Meet The Bar

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“You are in integrity when the life you are living on the outside matches who you are on the inside.” Alan Cohen

I Am Until

It is that
I am complicit until I am not,
I am a lover until I am not,
I am justice unti I am not,
I am compassion until I am not,
I am awareness until I am not,
I am shaped until I am not
by all that surrounds 
where my feet touch 
the ground and, equally,
I am not until I am.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


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

85 responses to “I Am Until – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Sherry Marr

    Very cleverly done. A poem that makes me think, for we are all that….until we are not. Wise words.

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  2. Truth.

    We can say we are,
    but our behavior will tell the truth
    much more than our words.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. So honest and raw. I absolutely love this!

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  4. Sounds like you are human😉

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  5. Who is perfec?. I certainly am not. But we try.

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  6. This was so good Paul. We are always in the driver’s seat and we determine who we are going to be at any given moment.

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  7. I was very relieved that this came to rest in a good place.

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  8. Your words bring out one’s battle to become. The quest for integrity.

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  9. I like this, the search for the answer and finding that the complicated route we set ourselves is really unnecessary. We are what we are. Soul searching is a form of self-indulgence, a comfort, rarely a revelation.

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  10. Thought provoking Paul.

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  11. “I am not until I am” – nice line.

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  12. I love this little bit of existentialism,
    so lovely, I especially love being freed from what surrounds, where our feet touch the ground, love the gently nuanced rhyming that frames the preceding list and punch line so well.

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  13. I love it Paul. You are you only in the moment!

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  14. Reading you is better than ice cream.


  15. Good use of This’es and that’s. All-that-is are variations on that theme.

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  16. Read it again, just going to say again how much I love “by all that surrounds where my feet touch the ground.” perpescacity Indeed

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  17. lync56

    I love the way you have formed this poem


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  18. Reblogged this on natshouseblog and commented:
    wonderful poem and sentiment, first one I went to today.

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  19. Reblogged this on I Write Her and commented:
    May we all decide to be on the side which enriches our being and the lives of others. Growth and learning to be and remain humane is a choice. This piece holds such truth in these few short lines, I’m tempted to memorize it and choose it as a daily affirmation.


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