Small Ways – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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Photo: Tree growing from rock at Leda Reserve

“A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.” James N. Watkins

Small Ways

I think it's in the very small ways,
the infinitesimal, inconsequential actions
of fidelity to simplicity in all things

∽ that enables me to change ∼

the greater injustices around me,
slowly, incrementally, as I change myself
to an infidelity to complexity in all things.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


Filed under awareness, Free Verse, life, poem, Puente, quote

45 responses to “Small Ways – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. With your permission, I’d like to post this with credit on my sister site Timeless Wisdoms.

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  2. Little drops of water, little grains of sand, make a mighty ocean and a mighty land. Not sure who first said this.

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    • I like it even though neither of us know who said it, but yes. One of our local singers wrote – From little things big things grow … so yes, that sense of being part of the whole, something greater.

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  3. Little drops of water, little grains of sand, make a mighty ocean and a mighty land. Not sure who first said this.

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  4. This is fantastic, excellent piece! I love the phrase “an infidelity to complexity in all things”

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  5. Lovely writing, a stellar bridge line that perfectly connects the stanzas! Cheers.

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  6. Perfect puente, and lovely writing, Paul. The bridge line is wonderful.

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  7. Tranature - quiet moments in nature

    A beautiful puente Paul, I especially love the bridge line too.

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  8. Love is truly so beautifully simple. I empathize with that desire to grow slow and to embrace its gift. Although sometimes I think a better understanding of people’s complex (many layered) past can help prevent judgment of their behavior. But I also believe the unraveling of that past in simple love slowly brings us back to that childlike simplicity. So, I also see beauty in your desire for infedility to complexity.

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  9. Intricate and beautiful like a scrolling design.

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  10. that is indeed going with the flow … finding other ways to resolve things!

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  11. I love this Paul. You did an excellent job with this poetic form. (Thanks by the way for introducing me to this form. I’ll have to try this.) I have read this three times and get more and more from it. I love the mirror image of these ideas and your graphic is perfect for the content.

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  12. Very well done Paul. Your are right it begins with each one of us. Reminds me of a very old song… “Let there be peace on earth, and and let it begin with me!”

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  13. sanaarizvi

    A fantastic bridge line that connects and makes for a memorable Puente! 💝💝

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  14. Great quote and your poem Paul.

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  15. Its so powerful, the essence of our wellbeeing. Michael

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  16. I love how the bridge flips the perspective from small actions in the first stanza to greater injustices in the second.

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    • Thank you Liz, I was really happy with this one from the start – a miracle for me as like many – it is never finished, but this one …. Thank you so much.


  17. lync56

    I love this poem and this new style


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