Emerging – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Sanaa is hosting Poetics with an invitation to write about November, which in the north is Autumn while in the south is Spring.

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Photo: ‘Southbourne’ farm, Bakers Hill, the drive to the shearing shed.

“Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring?” Neltje Blanchan


Velvet cinnamon nights,
swirl-tongued around feelings
twined with gilt laden stubble
in halo vested fields where
warmth seeps into my bones,
restoring the ravages of winter's
scars once again, nested with 
feathered joy and such vaulted
awakening as if chrysalis like,
taking first breaths in a new
scape novembered almost, 
but not quite as before,
emerging adventitiously 
as no other.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


Filed under awareness, bush walking, Country, Farm, Free Verse, life, nature, poem, quote

45 responses to “Emerging – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Oh yes, feeling the delicious warmth of the southern spring, warming through these formerly frigid bones!

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  2. sanaarizvi

    This is absolutely stellar, Paul! 💝 I especially love; “nested with feathered joy and such vaulted awakening as if chrysalis like, taking first breaths in a new scape novembered almost.” As always I am in awe of your imagery 😀

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  3. A great poem of images of spring! I can’t imagine Spring in November!!

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  4. Lovely, Paul…nothing like spring!

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  5. Our weather’s snow and freezing one day, 70F degrees and sunny the next…🥴

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  6. dessertflower5

    Amazing poem

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  7. The idea of spring in November is quite literally foreign to me. This perspective is fascinating. Also, I like the use of the word “adventitiously.”

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  8. Beverly Crawford

    Those of us in the northern hemisphere tend to overlook the fact that November is the harbinger of Spring for folks “down under”. Thank you for the reminder!

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  9. Oh, spring… I have to rethink November as May… and then see something emerging

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  10. Your poem captures so well the sense of rebirth and second chances that come with spring–although it was a bit disorienting at first to have this feeling associated with November. Here in the northern part of the Northern Hemisphere, November is pretty much the hour of lead. Enjoy your spring!

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  11. I can feel your exuberance! Do you shear sheep? Just wondering because of your photo caption.

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    • Sort of, I farmed for a while out in the wheat-belt, I didn’t professionally shear, but I did emergency shearing if my sheep became fly-blown. I would have been far tooo slow to become professional, I was better at other things. The picture is the drive up to the shearing shed on our farm which holds many sacred memories, so yes, exuberance for all of that. Well spotted Lisa, thank you.

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  12. I love the sound of those velvet cinnamon nights, Paul, especially since frost has started creeping across the UK, and the lines:
    ‘taking first breaths in a new
    scape novembered almost,
    but not quite as before’.

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  13. My Oz friends are celebrating the arrival of Spring …. while here in Bend Oregon I hope our winter is not severe. We live on the high desert which is truly unpredictable. This poem is beautifully constructed …. sheep shearing reminds me of a trip to NZ years ago and most lovely stay on a sheep farm.
    I would love to travel back one day.

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    • Yes, amazing that tilt of the earth, that trip would have been delightful I’m sure and I hope you realise your desire to travel again. Unpredictable sounds wonderful but not? Friends who’ve been to Oregon sing high praises. Many thanks Helen, I enjoyed your comments very much.

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  14. For me, its like rothpoetry commented: Cant imagine spring in November. But the poem is amazing for trying to do.

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  15. Charis Counselling

    Beautiful – love the photo too brings back such deep rememberings


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