I Declined – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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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 ยฉPaul Vincent Cannon
All Rights Reserved


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!!

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

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  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 ๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒท

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  10. Excellent! ๐Ÿ™‚ xoxo

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

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  12. well said, hoping those free falling hear you ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. life is never certain and risks are a must.. nice one Paul! ๐Ÿ‘

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

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  15. There are times when parachutes become shackles.

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