When The Handle Turns – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: found at wellbetter.com

“These mountains that you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb.” Najwa Zebian

When The Handle Turns

When the handle turns, slowly, tightly
along its coiled, oiled spline, do you
shrink into yourself becoming small,
blaming self, or do you feed the furnace 
of anger and strike out, hoping to feel
better through ironically self-inflicted
wounds or, do you pretend to hold it 
all together, watching your implosion
as you paper over the edifice of your
chaos? Perhaps, if we let it wind, a
diamond will come.

Copyright 2021 ยฉPaul Vincent Cannon
All Rights Reserved ยฎ


Filed under awareness, Free Verse, life, poem, psychology, quote

27 responses to “When The Handle Turns – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. It will leave a carbon footprint – no matter where on the stressometer it ends up.

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  2. Hard to let that pressure build in the hopes of a positive outcome. But it is probably there, if only we can endure.

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  3. I am thinking about all the diamonds I lost ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  4. When the handle turns that tight, it’s time for therapy again.

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  5. Oh My God!! So meaningful and unique way of looking.

    I can totally relate to this. I am still on my journey of managing my anger bursts.
    This poem will definitely help me in that. Now I have a very precious reason to manage my anger, I am sure I will have many diamonds ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚
    Thank you very much for writing this ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’•

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  6. And that photo ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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  7. A nice poem on the handle and such a lovely picture, Paul.

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  8. Diamonds are a good thing to focus on.

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  9. Great last line! It truly is the way to reach the diamond. It’s always worth it when it’s through.

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  10. Charis Counselling

    Very interesting concept mused upon here – you have give us a challenge to reflect deeply once again


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