In These Moments – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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Photo: Shoalwater Bay, looking out west to Penguin Island a protected breeding ground for Little Penguins (the largest colony of Little Penguins in Western Australia).

“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.” Michel de Montaigne

In These Moments 

My heart is weighted and I must move 
into an unknown without my crutches 
which are leaning against the balustrade 
of friendships that are a kindness to me;
however, this moment is mine alone if I
choose to embrace its ambiguous intrusion,
begging persistently for a decision that
can only arise through painstaking discernment
which will point me somewhere, just not here,
and hopefully not to the shore of illusions;
it is in these moments that I know I am
an island, yet not alone.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


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32 responses to “In These Moments – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Mind satisfying photo!
    And touching poem!
    ” Island and……… not alone! ”
    We should learn the message!

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  2. Beautiful writing, Paul. You said this ended up being you, but there is a universality to it, so it does not necessarily have to be about you alone. Great photo too!

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  3. it is in these moments that I know I am
    an island, yet not alone.
    Deep lines, enjoyed your poem and photo. 🙂


  4. Beverly Crawford

    The phrase “no man is an island” came to mind while reading this thoughtful poem. Good write!

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    • Yes, that is always in the back of my mind – an early learning exercise at school, and counterposed with Simon and Garfunkle’s hit. Many thanks Beverly.


  5. Bev and I on the same wave length as usual … I have always loved the song ‘No Man is an Island’ ~ performed it many times. Bravo, great write.

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  6. It is not always easy to work the word balustrade into a post.

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  7. none of us is an island ggreta poem

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  8. … an island, yet not alone…. Took me back to Simon and Garfunkle who wrote just the opposite… I am a rock, I am an island….
    without feelings or pain.
    Very nicely done Paul.

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  9. As others have noted, the notion of being an island yet not alone particuarly resonates.

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  10. I love the seeming contradiction of the island and “not alone”.

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  11. Excellent Paul, so well written! Kind of an everyman tale…

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  12. sanaarizvi

    This is incredibly profound, Paul! 💝💝 The closing line left me quite breathless…

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  13. lync56

    A very beautiful reflective poem


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