Nothing – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon


“There’s a constant tension in climbing, and really all exploration, between pushing yourself into the unknown but trying not to push too far. The best any of us can do is tread that line carefully.” Alex Honnold


I'm not entirely certain of the day,
but I know it began long ago
when I descended the valley straight
and began to climb my towering life,
each step shedding some load while
gaining expectations in my stead,
longing, longing for the top,
seeking for a vision,
holding my cool,
until at long last I arrived,
with nothing to see and 
nothing to do,
relief flooded through me,
and then a silence so profound,
a lightness of everything
I carried back to the ground.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


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

19 responses to “Nothing – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Quite an accomplishment, having that calmness

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  2. This a wonderful poem Paul.
    One can feel it.

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  3. Good poem, Paul. We need lightness badly in the gravity of it all.
    Your poem reminds me of the questions,
    What do you do before you’re enlightened? Chop wood, carry water.
    What do you do after you’re enlightened? Chop wood, carry water (or if you live in Michigan, carry wood, chop water)

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  4. My purely associative reaction is that your poem reminded me of Martin Luther King’s “I’ve been to the mountaintop” speech. Could the Promised Land be “a silence so profound, / a lightness of everything”?


  5. Great and very motivating for others too. Thank you Paul, enjoy your week. Michael

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  6. Amy

    It’s no it easy to read the line.
    A beautiful poem, Paul.

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  7. Love that you’re adding quotes too. As long as your poems take the limelight!

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  8. lync56

    Very true


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