Here I Am – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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Photo: Sheoak sapling growing out of a rock. Leda Reserve, Wialki.

“In a mad world, only the mad are sane.” Akiro Kurosawa

Here I Am

Mine was the cinder path and
only later did my child's mind
see the darkness of the struggle
as a tree that never grows
straight as whipped by rain,
chastened by sleet and 
shaped by wind, all the while
deprived in repellent rock
lacking in goodness,
but here I am leaning into 
the wind, smiling at all
life's stuff.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


Filed under Country, Free Verse, life, nature, poem, quote

34 responses to “Here I Am – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. The will to go on is indomitable in this world, by design. Otherwise all life would have long disappeared. I’m glad you’ve reached that state of mind and thank you for the reminder ❤

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  2. Love this and the photo.

    Liked by 3 people

  3. Thanks for the smile Paul.

    Liked by 5 people

  4. I really enjoyed the positive spin at the end, it’s a really powerful message 😊🦋

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  6. what a lovely healing … we are all capable but not many manage it!
    smiling for you 🙂

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  7. You definitely have courage, Paul.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. lync56

    Beautiful poem


    Liked by 1 person

  9. Thank you for another thoughtful poem, Paul!

    Liked by 1 person

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