The Unknown – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Tricia has invited us to write about risk. dVerse Poets – Poetics – Take a risk

Photo: Cape Leeuwin, more than a couple of wrecks out there in the reef and rocks.

“Only those those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” T.S. Eliot

The Unknown

If I remain as I am the
boat will sail without me,
past the shallows I wade in,
near the reef I have only
transcended in my wintry 
dreams, uncertain of the 
clearance  of my keel which 
has kept me even for so long,
and now, looking at the vast
horizon with anticipation,
knowing that I risk more by
not plunging into the unknown.

Copyright 2021 ยฉPaul Vincent Cannon
All Rights Reserved ยฎ

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64 responses to “The Unknown – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Powerful metaphor. Lovely!

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  2. Powerful poem. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Yes! Donโ€™t stagnate. Great poem.

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  4. Paul, you continuously outdo yourself.

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  5. As a lover of the water, I like the use of boating terms to navigate this poem.

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    • Thank you, I’m glad there was that connection for you, I haven’t for a while, but sailing was a part of my life for a time and boats are, well wonderful. More into kayaking these days, such fun.

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  6. Such a fine line we walk in life…..wanting to risk…..but not too much. An even keel is so comforting.

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  7. P.,
    The metaphors just sync together wonderfully. Beautifully expressed.
    pax,
    dora

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  8. Love the perspective here–watching that boat float out to sea–wondering what might be. Well done!

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  9. Oh, I love this! It’s so powerful. You risk it both ways, by doing the risk itself seeing how far you go, or playing it safe and not knowing what could have happened.

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  10. Indeed… staying can be more dangerous than setting the sails…

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  11. Beverly Crawford

    The importance of an even keel grows more important with age!

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  12. Beverly Crawford

    The importance of an even keel grows more important with age!

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  13. I love that you are looking into the vast horizon with anticipation and not trepidation. That’s the key, the outlook. Such a soothing voice in this! ๐Ÿ’

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  14. I reached for that horizon and have been glad I did.

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  15. To become frozen on the edge out of fear is to become a statue for pigeons, rather than a rolling stone!

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  16. A metaphoric poem eloquently depicting the ever present question of life risks. Chance it or lance it ๐Ÿ™‚

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  17. Well said. Without risk, there is very little life.

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  18. very well said, and very well written, words to live by i think

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  19. Yeah Vincent, let’s all take the plunge!

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  20. I love the Eliot quote, and how you have expanded upon its theme in your words. For me, the risk of not trying is always greater (at least when it comes to writing!)

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  21. sanaarizvi

    Deeply profound!! ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’

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  22. A wonderful poem Paul. “knowing that I risk more by
    not plunging into the unknown”… So like me.

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  23. Also love the powerful metaphor! Also suitable for today. Who knows what’s coming? xx Michael

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  24. I prefer mental risks to physical or emotional risks.

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  25. lync56

    Another great poem for reflection and challenge

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  26. A lovely way of expressing one must always “best” oneself. Excellent, Paul!

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