The Present Moment – Haibun by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Frank is hosting the Haibun (prose + haiku) with an invitation to write about the present moment.

dVerse Poets – Haibun – The Present Moment

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“If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. But, if you are at peace, you are living in the present.” Lao Tzu

The Present Moment

If I try to, I cannot reach back into all my yesterdays and reclaim them. And, even if I could, all that I would achieve is a reconstruction of days as perfect past moments. So I cannot reach back and hold any moment as it was. Besides I don't want to, the past is the past and best left as formative memory for better or worse.

The future eludes me in smoke and mirrors, the pathway is unclear, no plan is foolproof. Besides, if I could see even just a little ahead I would be adjusting my approach towards the perfect experience.

The most abiding feeling I have is of the fleeting present moment. That moment, the blinking of an eye, the moment between the inward and outward breath, which passes so quickly. These moments come and go and I have learned to treasure them before they slip into yesterday. But, to be in the present moment, I have to be present. 

under the branches
my inward and outward breath
present moment held.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



Filed under Haibun, Haiku, life, meditation, mindfulness, quote

35 responses to “The Present Moment – Haibun by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Words of wisdom my friend, nice job

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  2. and this weird thought emerged in my head-aren’t we always in the in-between? can we ever truly be in the present?

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  3. Message to think!
    I will not be able, to treat the past and future, as something to boycott!
    Memories, sweet and sore, always help refreshing the page of my Mind!
    And Dreams, give my Mind, energy and enthusiasm, for walking the path of Life!

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  4. Your haibun is incredibly insightful …. powerful.

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  5. Very thoughtful and insightful. I wonder how different the world would be if more people tried to be in the present moment at least some of the time? Or at least be aware we’re often stuck in between.


  6. Amy

    Wise words, Paul. to be in the present moment, I have to be present– very well said.

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  7. Living in the moment – still trying. This helps, Paul 🙂


  8. there is nothing so perfect as being under the branches of a tree…. it’s home it’s everything… being born every moment without a yesterday…

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  9. Wise words to which we can all relate and reflect upon. Thank you 😊

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  10. Thats really pure wisdom, Paul! Thank you also for remembering! Its too often to forget this, and the present is become the past, with a lot of lost chances. Michael

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  11. I particularly like the haiku because “under the branches” is how we can achieve the present moment.

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  12. Beautifully written. I needed
    to be reminded of this 🙏

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  13. Lady Robinson

    Now I’m Loving The Present Moment🌹This was a discussion yesterday with an online marketer. If all Americans be in the present moment, what would it look like at least for a moment😕 and it’s something to wonder. Lovely Piece🤠

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  14. Great reminder that our past does not define us, but has helped make us who we are “today.” Beautifully written. Blessings and honor, Christine C Sponsler

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  15. lync56

    Wow amazing poem – this could be used as a meditation, lectio, or contemplation


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