Below The Culture Line – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: Black Cockatoo Reserve, Mundaring

“Without stories, the land turns to real estate.” Mark Abley

Below The Culture Line

When time was local the land had a story
rich in the beautiful greys of paradox,
carefully nurtured in mutual surrender,
we touched under the pulsing canopy.

Rich in the beautiful greys of paradox
we slipped below the culture line,
we touched under the pulsing canopy,
a language unspoken so openly felt.

We slipped below the culture line,
searching ourselves for beginnings,
a language unspoken so openly felt
as to be present in each other.

Searching ourselves for beginnings,
carefully nurtured in mutual surrender
as to be present in each other,
when time was local the land had a story.

ยฉPaul Vincent Cannon

Note: The concept of time shifted in the mid 1800s to a broader sense of time as universal, prior to that time was local.

16 Comments

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16 responses to “Below The Culture Line – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Nice job, my subcultural brother! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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  2. Nice to put a face to your writings.

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  3. Lovely poem, Paul! โค There was a beautiful beginning long ago and far away…Though time has passed, and the situation has changed, the feeling lingers. That is how it seems to me.

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  4. I feel that story when I’m hiking remotely. Time becomes local, but it has no boundaries ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Amy

    “…when time was local the land had a story…” so very long time ago.
    Beautifully writing. Thank you, Paul.

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  6. Another Paul pantoum! I love the line “when time was local the land had a story.” I think the land still has stories; they’re just harder to hear now.

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  7. Very thoughtful. Lets work my brain about. Thank you Paul!

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  8. Charis Counselling

    Beautiful

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