She Walked Lightly – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“Abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behaviour.” Victor Frankl

She Walked Lightly

Slowly she emptied the white enamel 
reliquary of all that was his and, like a 
crow, she picked over the bones of his
cottoned life, stored memories lodged
deep in her body, the dissonance of
happiness and sadness washing over
her in one slow wave as the sun 
warmed and opened her to feelings
held tightly in her chest, now aired,
set free, at last she walked lightly 
back to the verandah for the first 
time since that day when everything 
closed in and nothing seemed normal.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

42 Comments

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42 responses to “She Walked Lightly – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. This sounds like a weight lifted

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  2. A wodnerful poem. Happy for her.

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  3. Beverly Crawford

    What a poignant write! It left me longing for the “rest of the story”!

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  4. Beautifully written and so captivating. I agree with Beverly!

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  5. Truth of Life in Life!

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  6. Loved this, spot on to feelings I’ve had

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  7. Maybe this end will become a new beginning for her.

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  8. I enjoyed the phrase “his cottoned life.” Nicely done.

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  9. Oh, this is a stunner.
    I’m in love with these lines, in particular:
    “like a
    crow, she picked over the bones of his
    cottoned life”

    So good.

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  10. Starting over can be the hardest thing to do.

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  11. I love the sense of relief of getting out of the past… no matter what his cottoned life was, it’s not part of hers any longer.

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  12. Paul, this poem reminds me of dividing up property during a divorce and moving on with life. The poem is beautiful. and its ambiguity allows the reader to relate it to personal experience. ❤ Have a great weekend!

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  13. A great poem Paul! This is the story of so many this year.

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  14. sanaarizvi

    This is absolutely stellar writing! I especially love; ” like a crow, she picked over the bones of his cottoned life.” 💝

    Like

  15. Amy

    A very moving poem, Paul.

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