A Certain Substance – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

VJs Weekly Challenge – Quotation

VJ invited us to write using part or all of the following quotation by Maria Popova: “Strive to be uncynical, to be a hope-giving force, to be a steward of substance.”

Photo: popsugar.co.uk Veteran Captain Tom Moore who on the eve of his 100th birthday raised money for the British National Health Service charities by doing sponsored laps of his home. £32 million!

A Certain Substance

He had an air about him,
a certain substance that wove 
itself into his every movement,
as a weaver makes a cloth,
so he wove the fabric of his life
in neat, yet colourful rows,
with just enough peculiarity
to stand out in a crowd for
the right amount of notice
while retaining dignity,
a man of gravitas.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


Filed under challenge, Free Verse, identity, life, poem, quote

33 responses to “A Certain Substance – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. This is wonderful piece. It reminds me of my ganny 🙂

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  2. Isn’t he just the best?♥️

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Paul, this is autobiographical, methinks. I see you this way ❤

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  4. Amy

    Very moving…
    Happy 100th Birthday to Captain Moore.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Such an inspiring story. Your tribute captures him well.

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  6. I love this tribute to Captain Moore!! Isn’t it remarkable what one man can accomplish by being a decent human being.

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  7. You captured the essence of the prompt, elegantly…

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  8. lync56

    I love the metaphor


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  9. A great honour for Captain Moore too. Thank you Paul!

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