Wanting Everything – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“I believe that living on the edge, living in and through your fear, is the summit of life ….” John H. Johnson

Wanting Everything

There is always a price for a
life lived in fragments
between passion and pain,
and when the experience
leaves us ragged and drained,
we conspire to throw ourselves
back into the beginnings and
repeat the frustrating cycle,
rather than be relegated to
silence, wanting everything
to take shape, never stepping 
back, always to the brink,
desiring the crisis of possible
futures, never the still calm
or the disorienting ordinary,
never teetering, always 
confident on the edge.

Copyright ©Paul Vincent Cannon
All Rights Reserved ®


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26 responses to “Wanting Everything – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Wonder poem Paul. Yes, always on the edge. More recently, I have found silence to be an expanding place to be

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  2. Yes, many of us repeat the fragmentation over and over again… never fundamentally changing. We don’t need to be like an old, damaged phonograph record.

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  3. Ah! Great meditation for a Monday–or any day really:) That “still calm” is so important to remember. Cheers!

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  4. A very thought-provoking poem. I would much rather relegate myself to silence than live on the edge of tumbling into the abyss.

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  5. Fantastic. There is a certain amount of surrender needed to step into the silence.

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  6. Such is life so often straddling both spheres Paul and so true.

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  7. Hi Paul, Be sure to add the year to your copyright.
    Copyright © 2021 Paul Vincent Cannon
    All Rights Reserved ®

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  8. At least this only is the real life. 😉 Michael

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  9. Lady Robinson

    I have repeated the fragmentation yearly…I just stopped,looked back from my previous year’s and stopped the cycle to become more☺I loved your thoughts with fragmentation on this poem🤓makes you people wonder😕

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  10. lync56

    Great poem – not me but is you


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