Why Do We? – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“I must have a dark side also if I am to be whole.” Carl Jung

Why Do We?

Why do we persist in eradicating every hint of shadow,
will it free us from the fear we hold of the night of soul,
the austerity of indifferent stars in darkened skies,
are we unable to bear the heavy echoes of silence.

Will it free us from the fear we hold of the night of soul,
that we might let go the points of our past compass,
are we unable to bear the heavy echoes of silence,
which speak loudly into the rusted patterns of our lives.

That we might let go the points of our past compass,
ever exposed to fleeting glimpses of the real
which speak loudly into the rusted patterns of our lives,
interrupting calcified thoughts no longer valid.

Ever exposed to fleeting glimpses of the real,
the austerity of indifferent stars in darkened skies
interrupting calcified thoughts no longer valid,
Why do we persist in eradicating every hint of shadow?

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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18 responses to “Why Do We? – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Well…what a poem “thoughts no longer valid” it makes me think outside the box actually…

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  2. “Rusted patterns of our lives” 👌🏻👍🏻

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  3. Very good questions indeed! Your words make me question why we insist on thinking that God is good when life is the balance. Perseverance in bad leads us to realize the good and see the whole picture. God/Life is both if it is all.

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  4. the austerity of indifferent stars in darkened skies, are we unable to bear the heavy echoes of silence..
    beautiful lines.💝

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  5. Oh the fear of the past! Great poem PAul.

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  6. Sometimes it seems to me that we have outsourced our dark side to the faith communities. 😉 C. G. Jung the first promotor of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? :-)) It could also be that we deny our dark sides in order not to be suspected of having a multiple personality disorder. 😉 Thank you, Paul! Have a beautiful week! Michael

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