Unframed – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Kim is hosting Poetics with an invitation to write a poem using the verse “This being human is …” from a poem by Rumi and to use it as the first line or start.

dVerse Poets – Poetics – The Art of Being Human

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“I have fallen in love with the imagination. And if you fall in love with the imagination, you understand that it is a free spirit. It will go anywhere, and it can do anything.” Alice Walker

Unframed

This being human is more shades than pastels,
though one should never deny the textures or
even the subtlety of brush strokes that paint 
us into surprising vignettes in the corners of
the broader canvas, woven together with gesso
and primaries, themes, and understated meanings
that form a palette of feelings rising through
bold statements and the wash of background time,
but one thing I'd leave off is the frame, this 
being human is paradoxical and bears no frame 
at all in an unframed abstract life.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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42 responses to “Unframed – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Yes – unframed (and a very appropriate image)

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  2. Wonderful poem Paul.

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  3. This being human finds their own path.
    Appropriate image.

    I love how you bring us to think of the subtleties in our characters. …one should never deny the textures or even the subtlety of brush strokes that paint us into surprising vignettes in the corners of the broader canvas.

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  4. A lovely painterly feel to your metaphor poem, Paul, which appeals to my inner artist. I am more inclined to shades than pastels and agree about not denying the ‘textures or even the subtlety of brush strokes’. And yes, being human is paradoxical.

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  5. Great poem and beautiful image!!!!

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  6. “a palette of feelings” and “unframed abstract life”

    Yes.

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  7. Beverly Crawford

    The canvas is ours, we choose the colors. Great metaphor.

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  8. sanaarizvi

    This is exquisitely drawn! I resonate with; “understated meanings that form a palette of feelings rising through bold statements and the wash of background time.” 💝💝

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  9. This being human certainly is paradoxical. I also love the Alice Walker quote you found to accompany your poem. Her “1955” is one of my all-time favorite short stories.

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  10. I love Alice Walker’s writing and point of view. I like the idea of being human means being unframed. It would be like trying to frame a clump of dirt that has a seed in it. It might give you a point of reference but beyond that…

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  11. Like it a bunch Paul. And I can relate.

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  12. Your writing is beautiful daily, with never a wasted word. I, too, like the frame/unframed aspect.

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  13. Love the image of painting and canvas and to not be blocked in with a frame!

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  14. Love the analogy of life and humans as a work of art on canvas. That tree is quite amazing choosing to grow in a different direction, mush like us humans
    sometimes we have to go for the abstract work of art.

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  15. Beautifully said, and I love that tree.

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  16. This is my favorite poem of yours thus far, sir! Keep up the good work. I’ll be following along for the ride.

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  17. wow what an amazing piece Paul!👏👏👏

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