Once – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: Dead tree in a paddock at Frankland.

“Ageing is not ‘lost youth’ but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” Betty Friedan


Once I ran tall with the juice of life
flowing wildly through my veins,
and no wind could assail my boughs,
until came the day when my limbs
stiffened and my green cloak fell
away, that my brittle bones did crack
and sheer to the earth from whence 
I came, now home to all manner of 
living things previously unknown in
my skin, now friends, who bring a
new dignity to my otherwise sad

Copyright 2021 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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25 responses to “Once – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Susan Iwata


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  2. Your poem tells the story so well. Poor tree.

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  3. Trees are wonderful. In my neighborhood, there are lots of trees. When I take my walk, it is like visiting old friends. Sadly, many of the older trees are dying and being cut down. I will tell them of your poem when I walk tomorrow.🙏

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  4. Well said … a better way of looking at aging, whether a tree or a person. Just yesterday I was cursing my body for not being able to do the things it once did, told the body I hated it and perhaps I’d just go find a new one! Sigh. I feel just like that tree … and yet, there is still life left in me, just as in the tree.

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  5. The circle of life – great piece, Paul. Great quote too 🙂

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  6. I really appreciate this metaphor for aging, particuarly the dignity afforded to returning to the earth.

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  7. Returning is inevitable but how, choice is ours. Nice poem Paul.

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  8. wonderful thoughts on aging :Paul.. nice

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  9. A great metaphor, and a wonderful told story of life. Thank you, Paul! Have a beautiful week! Michael

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  10. Amy

    Yes, it is a new stage of opportunity, and it takes so much strength.

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