Need Never Be Answered – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: Taken at Tnorala Nature Reserve near Gosses Bluff, Namatjira Drive, NT.

“Only from the heart can you touch the sky.” Rumi

Need Never Be Answered 

Did you nourish the moment in you,
have you understood the stir of the
east wind and caress of the indifferent 
ocean or touched the inestimable sky,
even when it darkens and the secret 
ceremonies draw us to sacred 
connection, keeping alive the questions
that live under our skin and need never
be answered, or we would silence our
deep quest and miss all that is present,
all that is wise, in the whispers of trees.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


Filed under bush walking, camping, Country, Free Verse, life, poem, quote, Whistleblowing

49 responses to “Need Never Be Answered – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. blindzanygirl

    Oh this is so moving. I feel the sacredness within it. The living in the questions.m this poem feels ethereal. Beautiful.

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  2. Sometimes understanding that there are unanswered questions is more important than scrambling for answers that are not really there. To the sacred spaces, places, and people in our lives.

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  3. Beautiful!
    That phrase “that live under our skin” reminds me of the term “subkutan”, subcutaneous, which is sometimes used for something unconscious

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  4. Beautifully penned, Paul.
    Your photo looks very much like bluffs in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.
    Here’s to 2021!

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  5. Understanding not only that they don’t need to be answered but that they are unanswerable so the pressure is off. I’ve been reading and listening to Alan Lightman the last week or so and one thing he talks about is the sense of mystery and how it charges the spiritual battery (paraphrasing.)

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  6. no answers in silence just the wind whispering through my soul like your poem. thank you Paul and happy new year ❤️

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  7. I would have to answer the question this poem raises as yes, thankfully.

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  8. Trying to focus on gifts we receive through nature this year has been a respite from daily troubles.

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  9. A moving poem Paul. We need time with ourself to feel and find the answer.

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  10. This resonated well. Sometimes it’s good to let go and acknowledge that the answers to our questions aren’t really out there 🙂

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  11. Beautiful piece, Paul! There will always be unanswered questions in life. Seeking the answers is what makes life a journey.

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  12. This reads like a meditation. Calls me to a deeper place.

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  13. Your words inspire me to wander into nature and let thoughts wander free to capture what is present and wise. Beautiful.

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  14. Fully agree to equipsblog comment. Thank you for sharing these useful thoughts. Michael

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  15. Lady Smith

    Very well written and with an emotional feeling🤓Well Done Mr Paul😉✔

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  16. Charis Counselling

    Wow love this one too


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