This One Moment – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“When you do something, you should burn yourself up completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself.” Shunryu Suzuki

This One Moment

Coarse tatami like leaves underfoot,
the delicate swish of ancient silk
proclaiming the moment of pause,
as raku bowls are filled in succession,
thick or thin all is green as ever was
wafting through the garden of time,
close to the door of the ceremony
where the bowl is carefully offered
for this ritual of possibility in this 
one moment of encounter.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


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17 responses to “This One Moment – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Your words progress as carefully as the ceremony performed. Wonderful.

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  2. Your poems are blissful, work of art.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Your poem serves as a good reminder that there is value in ritual.

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    • If it has meaning then yes, I think that there is great value, particularly if it is uncomplicated like the tea ceremony, but yet is spacious. Thank you LIz.

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      • That was my thought, yes. So many of our rituals are empty, yet others can be profoundly meaningful.

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      • Difficult to get traction though in the wider community, here the two big events which I don’t agree with are the military remembrance of ANZAC Day (which was this weekend – my contention is, if a war over a century ago is remembered what about the Boer Wars, etc?) and our national Australia Day (contentious because of the lack of indigenous consultation and the way it evolved as a white celebration). O for a tea ceremony or two 🙂

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      • There does seem to be a lot of remembrance of the vanquishers/destroyers of indiginous people in the name of patriotism.


  4. lync56

    Beautiful encounter with the ceremonial of raku


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