Living For Real – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon


“The only journey is the journey within.” Rainer Maria Rilke

Living For Real

There's a strange beauty in the borderlands,
a place of no arriving, yet always returning
to the seeds of joy, everywhere rooted in 
searching for the irresistible experience of
validity beyond the culture of individualism,
beyond the turgid order of rules, beyond the
comfort of middling against extremities,
walking deeper than the surface of feelings,
touching something of life's thin, determined, 
thread which holds the mystery of moving 
forward in a retreating moment, living into

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25 responses to “Living For Real – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I particuarly like how “middling” is used as a verb here: “comfort of middling against extremities.”

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  2. You said it well- life in a paragraph

    Sent from my iPhone


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  3. You understood that and we are lucky to have a Reminder for the same! Thank you so much!

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  4. This is so beautifully rendered. This line does it for me in particular, Paul:

    a place of no arriving, yet always returning

    Very clever.


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  5. As always, you made me think and ponder.

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  6. while reading this all I could picture was sitting in a particular area that calms me. Beautifully said Paul

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  7. A place of no arriving, yet always returning. A wise line to carry when feeling lost and recognizing life as is.

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  8. Paul, this thoughtful poem elicited a visceral response that I can’t quite identify. It makes me want to hit the trail and think my own deep thoughts. ❤

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  9. lync56

    An exhilarating poem – drawing back to what matters


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