The Tides That So Easily Turn And Pull – prose by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Linda is hosting Prosery with an invitation to take a line form one of Mary Oliver’s poems – ‘Spring Azures’, “Sometimes the great bones of my life feel so heavy.” and use it in a piece of prose.

Photo: wallpaper

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday.” A.A. Milne

The Tides That So Easily Turn And Pull

I launched the kayak, noting everything in my periphery and set forth forth with a flourish, gliding across the glassy, still, estuary. this was morning, but not my life. I launched equally as carefully under my mother’s watchful eye, but the estuary of life was never glassy or still in my experience. However, I had to start somewhere, and my own dictum is, don’t dismiss the wisdom of the young who are simply shifting gears through the tide of life which is so fickle. We carry our own weights, the things we love, the things that haunt, the things we enjoy, and that which brings pain, yes, even that. Sometimes the great bones of my life feel so heavy and it is more than enough to bear when I wish I could steady the tides that so easily turn and pull us against ourselves.

Β©Paul Vincent Cannon


Filed under kayaking, life, prose

38 responses to “The Tides That So Easily Turn And Pull – prose by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Enjoyed , 🌱eco

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  2. Beverly Crawford

    This is absolutely framable! True, we carry our own weights, and our attitude impacts the push and pull of the tides.

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  3. Paul your post is overflowing with good advice.

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  4. Yes … we carry our own weights. A beautiful write, inspiring.

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  5. sanaarizvi

    Love this! πŸ’ There is deep inner strength in this gorgeously worded prose, Paul πŸ™‚

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  6. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:

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  7. Your prose piece uses the prompt line very effectively!

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  8. To go in the flow of one’s own life by learning to better control the meaning one gives to it.
    Learn to listen to the world, to the people around us and especially to the youngest ones.
    All this is a full-time job that will last a lifetime.
    Thank you Vincent

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  9. Paul,

    This is simply lovely.

    Thank you,

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  10. True, life is not a glassy, still estuary, but it’s the ripples and waves in that broad river that shape our lives, and you convey that so well here.

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  11. Beautifully written, with wonderfully apt metaphors.

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  12. thehermitcreative

    Wonderful take on the prompt. Loved, “we carry our own weights.” That is such truth. I guess we just have to figure out which weights we should carry and which we should put down.

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  13. Great ending. It sums up the struggle. From under another’s watchful eye onto the battle within.

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  14. Charis Counselling

    Beautifully deep


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