Guilty Of Not Seeing – prose by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse, Sanaa is hosting Prosery with an invitation to include a line by Rilke – “Only mouths are we. Who sings the distant heart which safely.”


Guilty Of Not Seeing

The magpie lark returned to her nest with tidbits for all, and I was struck be her persistent nature, always, every morning, heading out of the nest looking for insects to feed her chicks. And on return to her little round castle, she is always greeted by four squawking mouths, all pleading, begging for a morsel. And, of course, here lies a metaphor so obvious, that the whole of humanity is at risk of falling into this same response, squawking at the government, agencies, not-for-profits, who should tend and feed the masses. And surely we are guilty, only mouths are we. Who sings the distant heart which safely exists in the centre of all things? guilty of not seeing that the author of life who is at the centre of everything. We are, perhaps, so busy pleading for dependency that we fail to see.

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Filed under awareness, Country, nature, poem, prose

33 responses to “Guilty Of Not Seeing – prose by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Guess that your message is not just for the birds. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Exceptional Paul! I love how you compared the baby magpies to that of us humans always wanting more, more, more.

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  3. sanaarizvi

    This is gorgeously rendered, Paul! I agree, “here lies a metaphor so obvious, that the whole of humanity is at risk of falling into this same response,” if we are not careful. If we continue to remain oblivious. We are literally at the edge of turning into a dystopian society. Thank you so much for an insightful prose piece. ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’

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  4. This should be required reading ~~~~

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  5. The last line in particular resonates loudly. Failing to see seems to be our collective lot in life at this point.

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  6. Agreed!
    I remember, here, one important principle of the Universe!
    Nature cares!
    No Human can act, as a Dictator!
    Nature and Natural Justice, is always there, to teach a lesson to Devils!
    And True, Genuine, Innocent and Honest lives, can’t be Manipulated to anything Wrong!

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  7. I think you may be right. It’s easier to complain, but harder to do our bit. Harder still to stand up and fight.

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  8. Too much fiddling while Rome burns… a salutary message, Paul.

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  9. Really great poetry! enjoyed this one very much! โค

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  10. Wow! Powerful message that needs to be heard! That last line truly hits home.

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  11. lync56

    Very well crafted


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