The Big Questions – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“…. identity is performatively constituted by the very ‘expressions’ that are said to be its results.” Judith Butler

The Big Questions

What are the narratives that matter most of all,
how do they form and shape our fragile lives,
and, when do we know ourselves as ourselves,
is fate our lot or, is fate a story about our lot.

How do they form and shape our fragile lives
these harbingers of unseen inner truths,
is fate our lot or, is fate a story about our lot,
what is it that we think we know of knowing.

These harbingers of unseen inner truths,
we must learn to live with what we have created,
what is it that we think we know of knowing,
is this the demise rooted in our blindness.

We must learn to live with what we have created,
and, when do we know ourselves as ourselves,
is this the demise rooted in our blindness,
what are the narratives that matter most of all?

©Paul Vincent Cannon

18 Comments

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18 responses to “The Big Questions – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. These are all some very intriguing questions Paul.

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  2. Your pantoum asks the big questions in such a human and profound way, a balance that is very unusal to achieve.

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  3. Are we the person we want to be, or are we the person we think others want us to be?

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  4. This is indeed the big question we must explore to be who we are meant to be. Great words, Paul.

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  5. These are the important questions, we have to anser for ourselves. Only this way we can have a self determined and happy life. Michael

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  6. Amy

    These are deep questions, Paul.

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  7. lync56

    A brilliant pantoum – you are so skilled at these poems

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