Refuses To Limit – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing.” Rollo May

Refuses To Limit

How to frame a conversation that
refuses to limit either of us to the
darkest corners of our words that
run past our meaning, that will not
rest in painful constrictions of 
small words, or weighted by some 
abstraction, smothers the possibility
of speaking without words, to 
silently hold the other in their eyes,
to search the crowd and weep with 
their faces, rejoice with them, feel 
their deepest selves, to understand
the breath we take together in all
its fragility, to simply know.

Β©Paul Vincent Cannon


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30 responses to “Refuses To Limit – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I think there have been a lot of discussions recently about how to connect–or converse–without limiting. Perhaps to look and weep with others is best. . .

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  2. A deeply moving stream of consciousness on this magic day.

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  3. sanaarizvi

    This is incredibly moving! πŸ’ I think one of the best things about being a poet is that we are constantly connected together by emotion. By the ability to feel things deeply πŸ™‚

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    • Yes, I resonate, I do feel that, I often feel raw to emotion around me, there are days I feel it is all very big. I marvel that we of all people have this deep connection. I felt connected in your response Sanaa, thank you very much. πŸ™‚


  4. This is really beautiful and philosophical. Brilliant work as per usual

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  5. Having three sisters, all independent, we still have the connection of family that never ends.

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  6. What a coincidence! Not two hours ago I was having a conversation about curriculum with a communication faculty member. As your poem points out, how we frame conversations is so very important for true communication and knowing to take place.

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  7. peanutbuttersandwiches_

    Amazing… Thank you for dropping by my site today!! ❀

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  8. Beverly Crawford

    A wonderful stream of consciousness approach to conversations!

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  9. Fantastic, beautiful imagery, resonating feelings connections in my mind. Thanks for the beautiful words. Connecting from afar! Take care Paul!

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  10. Paul, this poem defines intimacy and connection. Wonderful!! ❀ Take care!

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  11. exquisite you nailed it!

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  12. “to simply know” – Yes, in both listening and speaking.

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  13. Charis Counselling

    What a great poem


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