The Question – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse, Peter is hosting Meeting The Bar with an invitation to look at first lines – beginnings.

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“I seem to have run in a great circle, and met myself again on the starting line.” Jeanette Winterson

The Question

And, so it begins,
I buy myself in order to be myself,
that I might become a symbol of me,
some utopian project where stories 
abound with the courage of hopelessness,
and the maelstrom of warlords in my 
mind, private pathologies irrupting,
ever renewed, the punch line obscure
and, finally, the question,
how might it end.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


Filed under Free Verse, life, mindfulness, poem, quote

49 responses to “The Question – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. That is an opening line no one could resist … a wonderful poem following.

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  2. Amy

    … in order to be myself, philosophical.
    I appreciate you poems that met on the starting line.

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  3. Beverly Crawford

    I loved this bit of self examination … and I learned a new word as well. I had never encountered “irrupting” before! Thanks for that.

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  4. sanaarizvi

    This poem deserves a standing ovation! 💝 Poignant, philosophical and deeply engaging 🙂

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  5. Very edgy, Paul. The resignation, the ambivalence, the self-awareness, the ambiguity.

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  6. Liked this a lot Paul – an ironic first line, puns and playing with words (‘I buy myself to be myself’ is a cracker) and the sense of the grandiose deflating, as the lines shorten towards the final (again ironic) line – a meditation on life, purpose and poetry. Terrific stuff.

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  7. I like the way this poem circles around itself , a compact, effective and affecting piece.

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  8. Speaking of philosophical, your poem brought to mind the head games my brother played with me when he took intro to philosophy in college. (What if you only exist in someone else’s dream? and so on.)

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  9. A bookended poem.. And, so it begins/ how might it end and somewher in the middle of all that ‘the punchline is obscure’ and “stories abound with the courage of hopelessness’; good stuff.

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  10. the never ending cycle of the monkey mind exquisitely captured … how’s the book going?

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  11. The end is the beginning. The question stays…

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  12. “maelstrom of warlords in my
    mind, ”

    What an amazing image that is, Paul. Wonderful poem!

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  13. We may think we can buy it, but it takes time to see that if that is true, the currency is not known to anyone.

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  14. i really love the thoughtfulness! Thank you for sharing, Paul! Gives me a lot to rethink by myself. Michael

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  15. lync56

    great poem


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