The Next Step – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: The old rail line at Wialki (between Bencubbin and Beacon)

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” C.S. Lewis

The Next Step

The shallow vein of happiness has a way 
of disappearing, like a road that suddenly
runs out when you least expect it, and the
moment before you is uncertain though,
nonetheless, it is a choice, incomplete as
it is, laden with all that brought you here,
and as you look back along the road, 
you know it got you to this point, but 
it is useless to you now, the next step 
can only be forward.

Copyright 2021 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
All Rights Reserved ®


Filed under bush walking, Free Verse, life, poem, quote

31 responses to “The Next Step – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. That’s the Real Life!

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  2. It’s the only way to go.

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  3. awwww the life of one who knows. 💖

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  4. “The shallow vein of happiness” is such an apt metaphor.

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  5. it is useless to you now

    well… hopefully you learned something along the way, right?

    I really, really loved this poem, Paul.


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  6. Beautiful, but with heart-rending words. With fortitude, we continue onward with lessons learned and hope in knowing we are not alone.

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  7. What we call life and it moves on. We learn to stop, return and look forward to the then new road 🙂

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  8. Absolutely. Learn and move on. There’s no other way.
    Timely, Paul.

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  9. Charis Counselling

    A great truth encapsulated here in such beautiful words


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