Look Closely – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery.” H.G. Wells

Look Closely

What of those ghosts of the past,
glory days as melancholy cast as
shadows passing as unbalanced
moments in which I have no need
to know if the future is real,
we are already here even as  time
is running backwards in parcels
of discovery towards what matters,
compelling images of the paradox 
of love unbalanced in swirls of
colour, except you really do have
to look closely in order to feel 
through the door to it all.

ยฉPaul Vincent Cannon


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26 responses to “Look Closely – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I am kind of repeating it but reading your poems always makes me stop for a while to appreciate how cleverly you pick an image and the accompanying quotation. That man opening the door to enter nowhere different from the “present”.๐Ÿ‘Œ ๐Ÿ‘Œ ๐Ÿ‘Œ
    Thought-provoking piece. (( A ship in a vast ocean at one moment looks back to either feel proud of it or lament that it was all mundane and so strives to change the future. And the future, it always rests on the horizon. The “present” was not even noticed. ))
    ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘

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    • I love how you engaged with this, thank you for picking up on the image and quote. I choose them after Iโ€™ve written, but it sometimes takes longer than writing the poem, lol. I found the image profound, fitting my inner thought so well and as you have picked up so clearly. I love your final reflection. Thank you so much for taking time to respond. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. “moments in which I have no need
    to know if the future is real,” – these lines speak to me, as well as the reminder that we have to look closely to see. Wonderful.

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  3. Time is a very confounding notion to contemplate. We know that the past has happened. We know that the future will happen. Reality is the present.

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  4. Lets realize it. Thank you Paul, have a beautiful weekend, and enjoy the moment, whenever possible. Michael

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  5. Wonderful trio Paul. The image, the quote and your poem. I really love
    “moments in which I have no need
    to know if the future is real”…

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  6. Paul, I have often reflected on the concept of time, as your poem so beautifully and meaningfully does. Thank you for a very thought-provoking post.

    The working definition I live by is that all events of my past experience live on in who I am and in my memory. I am a firm believer in mindfulness and living in the moment. Past experience informs the present and guides us in making plans for the future.

    All the best! Cheryl

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  8. Thought provoking as always, Paul.

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