Fragile – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: Life in the midst of death, one of the many eucalypts known as blackbutt – the bark at the base being darker or black. This particular tree is fighting for its life. Taken at Niagara on a trail walk.

“The poetry of the earth is never dead.” John Keats.


Recursive fade,
neglect by stealth,
the ache of desolation,
days poured out in exile,
layers stripped bare
revealing the pain of
inner beauty that has 
been life's weeping,
arriving as resurrection 
without stained glass 
language or tired ceremony
to gloss the moment of this
fragile and vulnerable
exposure of mystery.

Copyright 2021 ยฉPaul Vincent Cannon
All Rights Reserved ยฎ


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34 responses to “Fragile – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Great one! Interesting read.

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  2. Wow, that is a cool tree. What is the red coloring?

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  3. It almost looks alive- maybe it dances when no one is looking like Groot

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  4. I love the multilayered metaphor. The photograph is very striking. I’m learning a lot about the landscape of Australia from your posts.

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  5. Truly a beautiful metaphorical poem nicely delivered Paul.

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  6. Wonderful poem and thanks for sharing the image. Quite different landscape and so dry.

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  7. This brought tears to my eyes. The emotion in this spoke to me. Stunning

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