The Stories I keep – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: a section of Lesmurdie Brook, Mundy Regional Park

“Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.” Lao Tzu

The Stories I Keep

My long, ancient back is weathered by
nature's elements, my dermis swept 
on downwards, the calligraphy of pocks 
and fissures written by water in cursive
smoothing my skin, the scars I hold 
are assuaged by the cool flow washing 
over the stories I keep of tortoise and 
dragonfly, thornbills and fantails and,
if you listen closely, you might hear your
own whispered softly through the 
sheoaks. 



Copyright 2021 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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32 Comments

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32 responses to “The Stories I keep – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. A wonderfully imaginative poem covering all of the senses and told in a soft flowing voice.

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  2. I love this ode to nature! I just saw it on Twiiter, but I’d going to Tweet it myself.

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  3. Absolutely beautiful.❤️

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  4. And here nearby, the Moorabool river amblers bye, a place called Sheoaks …. just as you described….

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  5. What a wonderful place and verse, Paul.

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  6. It would be fun just to sit there and let th he water run over your toes

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  7. Water ( flow) is one of the five super natural powers ( energy source) of universe!
    Water can give most essential life ingredients!
    Beautiful attribution of credit to ‘Lively Water’!

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  8. Amy

    Thank you for Lao Tzu quote! We sure can hear our
    whispered softly through the sheoaks if we listen closely (and we should). Beautifully expressed, Paul.

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  9. The stories we could hear if we would only be quiet and listen.

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  10. Beautifully and stunningly written!

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  11. Such rich description.

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  12. Its a great praise of the nature. xx Michael

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