A Lightness – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“I can be jubilant one moment and pensive the next, and a cloud could go by and make that happen.” Bob Dylan

A Lightness

Just to savour rather than capture,
to look rather than touch,
holding in the heart of the mind
a whist of chameleon memory
coloured by fragments of moments,
new insights from old feelings,
like clouds, not one the same,
in an ever present paradox of sky,
just to hold without holding,
a lightness where thoughts are
free to please as they come and go.

ยฉPaul Vincent Cannon


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29 responses to “A Lightness – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Sobering. ๐Ÿ™‚ Wonderful piece of writing.

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  2. A very nice poem – enjoyed it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Fine piece Paul – full of paradox – and Buddhist sentiment – ‘chameleon memory’ is a terrific image.

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    • Very much appreciated Peter. I am deeply steeped in eastern thought and I find it refreshing in contrast to western pragmatism, it tells better for me. So glad you enjoyed it.


  4. I’m very much drawn to the idea of achieving the lightness your poem describes. It’s hard to do, though.

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  5. Charis Counselling

    I love this poem


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  6. Amy

    Beautifully expressed, Paul.

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  7. sounds like a contemplation, wading through those distractions!

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  8. “Lightness” is an appealing state of mind. Lie on a blanket and watch the clouds roll by. Enjoyed the poem, Paul. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. Terrific. Clever idea. clever resolution. Complex but never pretentious.

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  10. An excellent poem Paul. To hold without holding is difficult though ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. Lady Smith

    Beautiful Piece of Work๐Ÿค—

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