The Watcher’s Questions – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse, Linda is hosting Open Link Night where we are invited to post a poem of our choice.

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Photo: Southern ocean, off Augusta.

“I choose to listen to the river for a while, thinking river thoughts, before joining the night and the stars.” Edward Abbey

The Watcher's Questions

Did it matter that the day was grey, that rain might come?
I watch the tide come and go and I have no part in it
other than as a watcher of waves and birds. 
The morning birds are fast and noisy, they always seem to
want to be somewhere, perhaps they are hungry or simply
seeking new horizons. One gull flew past, and I'm certain 
s/he looked intently at me as if to ponder my inner thoughts.

Why did I choose this place of two tides where birds come
and go? The seem so free, and yet the eye may not see that
in fact they are more like me. I feel that I know them,
knowing their searching. Where might it end? I wonder just
how I would I feel if the birds missed a beat on their 
morning venture, and what does that say about me? What is
my beat, and where am I in this moment?

©Paul Vincent Cannon


Filed under identity, life, mindfulness, nature, poem, quote

42 responses to “The Watcher’s Questions – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Very profound last question. Thought-provoking. Nicely penned.😊👍

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  2. Very beautiful and sensitive poem! An inner dialogue of a chosen depth, in which I confront him… Congratulations!

    Can anybody post a poem? 🙂

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  3. I love this so much. Great detailing in terms of the visualization and relaxing scenery along with one’s thoughts will getting lost in God’s great creations. Blessings & grace bro! ❤ yes it's been a while haha! 😉 hope you're good.

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  4. I can identify with this search for purpose and direction. Beautiful post.

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  5. We’re all watchers, to a certain extent. I love the first line, just for the sound of it.

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  6. Love this beautiful, reflective poem, Paul! So relatable! ❤ Have a great weekend!

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  7. Nice rhythm to this reflection, Paul!

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  8. sanaarizvi

    Such deeply profound questions run their course throughout the span of this poem! Just stunning! 💝💝

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  9. I may be dreaming of this one Paul as I reflect on the horizon of the birds flying. More questions than answers. Well done! 💖

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  10. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  11. I think you have chosen a perfect sport to ponder those thoughts. I find a cloudy day by the beach to be perfect for deep thoughts (indeed it’s a place where you always travel without moving)

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  12. Love this on multiple levels–I’m a fan of seagulls and other local birds, and I do miss them when they choose, or forget to be about, which was the case when the pandemic began… I felt robbed of their comforting familiar presence. But God is ever-Present, no worries…and the birds have returned 🙂 Blessings to you!

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  13. So many things to consider as an observer and it always comes back to the classic question, where am I in this moment?

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  14. Wonderful the words in poem and
    Splendid the photo!

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  15. Charis Counselling

    Thank you – this poem transported me to this very beach and all the sensations that this place conjures


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  16. Dear Paul,

    Another lovely poem here. Thank you.

    I would like to alert you to a typo in your sentence “The seem so free, and yet the eye may”. The first word should have been “They”.

    Wishing you a productive week doing or enjoying whatever that satisfies you the most!

    Yours sincerely,

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