The Choice – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“The still point of the turning world. Neither from nor towards, neither arrest nor movement ….” T.S. Eliot

The Choice

If I stand here,
where do I stand when this
place is between one thing and another,
if the choice is between two sources of
happiness can I be happy between or,
must I choose the not between and,
having chosen, will I be filled with regret,
being accused by that not chosen or,
will I take refuge in the moment?

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30 responses to “The Choice – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. A familiar dilemma, Paul! ❤ ❤ ❤ Wonderful poem!

    It's amazing how many ways we find to torture ourselves. When I was in high school, wanting to do the right thing, I was splitting hairs over every decision. It took me a while to conclude that not every choice we make is a moral decision. Whether I wore the blue shirt or the green shirt today was a decision without ethical consequence!

    Thank you for a thought-provoking post. It gave me a chuckle remembering my own teenage folly! ❤ All the best!

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  2. Or will I choose too late and be rejected by both opportunities, having to start again? So much thinking.

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  3. The “space” portrayed ! enjoyed 🌿

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  4. If I am honest and sincere, with myself and everyone, I believe unknown power flashes in my mind, to decide correctly!
    Nature is always there for help!

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  5. At least you have the choices

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  6. Wonderful words Paul.

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  7. I think I would take refuge in the moment.

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  8. I think once you have as much data as is possible, if there is still no clearly “correct” choice, then a random decision is as good as any – but then you choose to make that decision the correct one. 21 years ago we tossed a coin to decide whether to get married and stay in Australia together, or each go off to post docs in different countries. For our 20th anniversary I gave my husband a 2-headed coin. 🙂

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  9. Charis Counselling

    A deep and reflective poem – great amount of food for thought posed here – great poem


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  10. Amy

    I know I sometime make a choice because my heart tells me to… 🙂

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  11. It is the acceptance of not-knowing that leaves us open to not compare to what we did not choose and take refuge in the moment.

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