Only Ever – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“All real living is meeting.” Martin Buber

Only Ever

What did you notice around you today,
and what stirred within you as you noticed?
Perhaps a deficit occurred, knowing what
was missed between the noticing not 
noticing, but isn't that just part of it all, 
part of the awareness of the whole, of self,
the knowingness of the way we are, the 
way life is, just so, knowing that the 
knowing is incomplete is surely the good
part, we can never know until we know
through other, another, and not just 
ourselves, we are only ever ourselves
in the presence of other, but then, I'm 
sure you noticed that long ago.


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23 responses to “Only Ever – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. We see ourselves differently through the eyes of others: self-image reflected in a myriad of different perspectives.

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  2. It seems like an oxymoron, but “we are only ever ourselves in the presence of other” actually makes a lot of sense to me.

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  3. “We don’t know what we don’t know.”. Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense.

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  4. we are only ever ourselves
    in the presence of other.

    Everyone else awakens different things in us

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  5. Love this so true

    Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone

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  6. In the context of knowing, I always think of “other” as ineffable.

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  7. Amy

    “we can never know until we know through other…” well said, Paul. Thank you for this poem.

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  8. We can never know until we know. Until then, we continue to share whatever shows.

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  9. Charis Counselling

    Mmmm – no I hadn’t noticed that but you are so right now that you have posed the question and challenged me to reflect on this

    >

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