The Real Adventure – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“Getting into and out of a coracle is the trickiest part ….” The Coracle Society

The Real Adventure

When the sea is grey and the skies dark,
the smallest of boats require courage,
not so much for the wind or waves,
nor letting go of that precious shore,
not even for the unknown horizon, no,
courage for our discoveries along the way,
our inner navigation by trial and error,
the loss of compass, disdain for the map,
without courage there is only ever a 
turning back.


Copyright 2021 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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Note: Coracle or Currach was common to Wales, Ireland and Scotland and parts of England. Similar vessels are found in Iraq, India, North America .... The coracle as known in the UK and Ireland were generally made of willow or ash woven as a simple frame and covered with hide, modern versions include fibreglass.

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32 responses to “The Real Adventure – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I don’t think I could trust in one of those-at least in water above my head ☺️

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  2. A very apt metaphor. I appreciate learning a new word, too!

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  3. Aeh…. This is most exciting and pleasing Mind!

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  4. A good metaphoric poem, Paul! Have a beautiful weekend! xx Michael

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  5. To the courageous beings everywhere and your great poem Paul!💖

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  6. This made me think…
    Without courage… there is only turning back or… death?


    David

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  7. Courage for our discoveries along the way. I love this line! A great reminder that courage needs to be constant.🦁

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  8. Amy

    our inner navigation by trial and error– take courage! Wise words, Paul.

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