Of Things Past – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Linda is hosting the Quadrille (44 words) with an invitation to write about the word linger or any of its forms.

dVerse Poets – Quadrille – Linger

Photo: an old Ford truck – part of the history of Kookynie and mining.

“Grief is the agony of an instant; the indulgence of grief the blunder of a life.” Benjamin Disraeli

Of Things Past

The past lurks in the present,
intensifying the sense of wanting
to restore, heal, the original 
intention once the pride of purpose,
now a felt grief, an if only, raising the
question: can we overcome the grief
of things past that linger within us?

Copyright 2021 ยฉPaul Vincent Cannon
All Rights Reserved ยฎ


Filed under bush walking, camping, Country, Free Verse, grief, history, life, poem, Quadrille, quote

47 responses to “Of Things Past – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Oh Paul! This truly resonated. I too started writing something similar but left it midway to write on something else. The question remains unanswered.

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  2. ‘ T I M E ‘ is the remedy for, any type of odd happening! We …… CAN ……… and hence must remain moving with Time!

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  3. We always try, not always successfully

    Sent from my iPhone


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  4. This one hits me where I live. My answer to the poem’s question is no.

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  5. As I’ve grown older,I’ve come to look at grief as a teacher. So when it comes to visit, I listen and I learn. Beautiful Paul!

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  6. Paul,
    Beautifully expressed. The poignancy of the question contains its own answer.

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  7. Sadness of her absence visits my mind concerning my deceased, angelic wife, Marla. But like i told her, death won’t keep us apart for very long.

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  8. lync56

    A poignant reflection – so well expressed


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  9. I don’t think I can๐Ÿ˜”


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  10. I think overcoming that grief is hard, but it’s the way to a new kind of freedom.

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  11. I don’t know if we can be completely free of grief, but the heaviness of it lightens with time.

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  12. mic


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  13. Grief should not be denied, but that it lingers shows that it is a part of us, as is all around us that must be given equal weight.

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