I Declined – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Grace is hosting Open Link Night – where we are invited to post a poem of our choosing.

dVerse Poets – Open Link Night

Photo: historicflyingclothing.com – an RAF back-pack parachute.

“The balance between freedom and security is a delicate one.” Mark Udall

I Declined

They were handing out parachutes today
for any notion of risk you might feel,
whether a child playing or a student 
going to school, or an adult working,
there was a parachute for every moment 
of life should you need one, and if you hadn't
felt it before, suddenly you were anxious,
unsure of everything, so I declined,
jumped out of my life watching my plane
of worry burn.


Copyright 2021 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
All Rights Reserved

43 Comments

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

43 responses to “I Declined – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Nail squarely on the head with this one, Paul.

    Liked by 3 people

  2. Beverly Crawford

    A great solution, but easier said than done!!

    Liked by 3 people

  3. We could all use a parachute today but where could we land?

    Liked by 3 people

  4. Sometimes you just have to decline, knowing the consequences but willing to face them. A cushy safe prison is still a prison.
    “I declined,
    jumped out of my life watching my plane
    of worry burn.”

    Liked by 4 people

  5. My dad was a paratrooper in WW2.

    Liked by 3 people

  6. If the plane was worry then the parachute was surely doubt – well done!

    Liked by 2 people

  7. lync56

    Wow fantastic poem – very apt and put in such a amazing way

    >

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Sometimes you just have to take that jump and see what life has to offer you. Good one Paul!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. So nice poem and inspiring parachute photo 🌷👌🙏🌷

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Excellent extended metaphor – to live in fear is not to live at all!

    Liked by 2 people

  11. well said, hoping those free falling hear you 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  12. life is never certain and risks are a must.. nice one Paul! 👏

    Liked by 1 person

  13. The words feel more and more unsafe the more precautions we have.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. There are times when parachutes become shackles.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.