Thoughts On A Decomposition – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: found at – a dead kangaroo on the roadside.

“If my decomposing carcass helps nourish the roots of a juniper tree or the wings of a vulture – that is immortality enough for me.” Edward Abbey

Thoughts On A Decomposition

Still, as dead today,
hide glistening in the sun,
unmoved by summer's 
straight glare, no more to 
roam this land now laid on 
this roadside bier for all to 
mourn tomorrow, as the days 
are counted and flesh and 
blood decompose into the 
hungered soil where nothing 
is ever lost, even immortalised, 
in the great giving back.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


Filed under Country, death, Elegy, environment, Free Verse, life, nature, poem, quote

18 responses to “Thoughts On A Decomposition – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. We are all just parts of a whole. Still, it makes us sad when individuals walk away. Wish you a beautiful week, Paul! Please stay well and save! Michael

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  2. Well said. The poem was organized😊

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  3. Awwww so sad but beautifully written! Did you see the photo and then write it or write it and find the photo?

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  4. Your beautifully written poem brought tears to my eyes. It evoked so many conflicting emotion.

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  5. That’s really deep.. no matter who we are our presence is always felt

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  6. Paul, this is a sad photo. But it is not as sad to me as the idea of modern embalming and burial in a casket enclosed in a vault. Why are we in denial about death? To become a part of the cycle of life is far preferable to me. 🙂

    A beautiful and thoughtful poem, Paul! ❤ All the best!

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  7. lync56

    Food for thought here


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