I knew – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” ee cummings

I Knew

I knew it was the only way to go forward
to something gentle, something deeper,
awakening slowly in that tender place,
beyond the mask that fails to hide me.

To something gentle, something deeper,
letting go the image I hold in my hands,
beyond the mask that fails to hide me,
dissolving into a vulnerable softness.

Letting go the image I hold in my hands,
the most endearing self-deception of all
dissolving into a vulnerable softness,
falling into myself for the first time again.

The most endearing self-deception of all,
awakening slowly in that tender place,
falling into myself for the first time again,
I knew it was the only way to go forward.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

22 Comments

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22 responses to “I knew – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Sounds pretty good, Paul:
    falling into myself for the first time again.

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  2. Falling into myself, for the first time gain,
    I knew was the only way forward.

    Yep I like.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. “the most endearing self-deception of all” Indeed it is

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Honest writing, Paul, that opens the heart.
    Many phrases and thoughts that resonate with me.
    e.g.~ “a vulnerable softness”
    💓

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Defenses are isolating. It takes strength and courage to allow yourself to be vulnerable. Beautiful poem, Paul! ❤

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Self-discovery, the journey of going deeper, letting go and the only way of moving forward. Powerful words to inspire the constant journey that gives so much.

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  7. Such a treat to experience another Paul pantoum! The ideas expressed about knowledge of self and vulnerable softness have given me a lot of think about.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. The metrics making the poem as mystic as the image. Love it Paul! Thank you for sharing, Michael

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Amy

    “the only way to go forward” — It takes courage.
    Very beautiful!

    Liked by 1 person

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