Passing – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Lisa is hosting poetics with an invitation to flip the meaning of a poem written by self or other, or to write a Diamanté form poem (seven lines) which flips the first word at the end. I have attempted a Diamante form.

dVerse Poets – Poetics – Flipping Meanings

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“Getting old is like climbing a mountain; you get a little out of breath, but the view is much better.” Ingrid Bergman


smooth, creamy
inviting, inciting, enfolding,
youthful, erotic, mature, parched
ageing, dwindling, passing
old, dry

©Paul Vincent Cannon


Filed under challenge, death, Diamante, Free Verse, life, poem, quote

44 responses to “Passing – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. The flow of things gone and the shape of things to come…. superbly done Paul..

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  2. Yes, definitely the shape of things to come… teetering in the middle of that approaching precipice 😉

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  3. Yes! You capture it well.


  4. That sums our lives very well.

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  5. marandarussell

    I really like this

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  6. Yep….I’m on the parched side now (lol!).

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  7. That surely went from good to bad in a hurry. Nice poem Paul.

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  8. Wonderful opening quote. So true and encouraging for us oldsters. Why do we have to dry out as we get older? Flesh and bone are perfect opposites.

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  9. yep, that sounds like it….

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  10. Paul, this is awesome! ❤ Now we need one that reverses "old!" 🙂

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  11. sanaarizvi

    This is absolutely stellar, Paul! I love how aptly you have described the whirlwind that is the journey of life. 💝💝

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  12. Ah…you’ve written the progression in particularly descriptive terms….youth to ageing….the flip we all hope to do rather than to be cut down in our prime. Far too many are too young to become angels when they pass….I’ll take the parched skin that eventually turns to bone. Thankful for every day.
    Well written opposites!

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  13. I’m feeling this one for sure.

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  14. lync56

    Very clever poem


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