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 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
All Rights Reserved ®


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 can😔


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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. 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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