Cinereous Beauty – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Sarah is hosting the Quadrille (44 words) with an invitation to write about ash.

dVerse Poets – Quadrille – Ashes to Ashes


“In order to rise from its own ashes, a phoenix must first burn.” Octavia E. Butler

Cinereous Beauty

I went down to the pit of shame
and sat in the ash now cold, now
penitential, itching my skin as it was 
supposed to do, but not forgetting 
that ash left long in the ground turns 
to coal, which sometimes turns to

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Note: Cinereous refers to a colour – grey tinged with black – of ash. To sit in ash and wearing sackcloth goes back historically to ancient semitic culture, and predominantly to Hebrew culture as a mark of grief, penitence or shame.


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42 responses to “Cinereous Beauty – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I like your take on rising like Phoenix.

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  2. It is true that with time, out of the darkness, diamonds can be born!

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  3. A different resurgence here. I like the fact that it’s not definite, that the possibilities are open.

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  4. Utterly beautiful meditation. (I wish I had known “cinerous” – new to me – while I was writing mine!)

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  5. The natural truth, but horrible for humans loving the light. Thanks for sharing, Paul! Have a nice week! xx Michael

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  6. each in its own place and each in its own time.

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  7. Yes sometimes after facing the darkness we get the hope of light. Beautiful lines thank you 💓😊

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  8. sanaarizvi

    This is deliciously strong and palpable. I resonate with; “itching my skin as it was supposed to do, but not forgetting that ash left long in the ground turns
    to coal.”💝💝

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  9. Well written, and enjoyable read!:D

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  10. Punam took the words right out of my mouth! The phoenix rises…

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  11. Yes, from all the ashes a gem will grow.

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  12. Very roaring beauty of grace 👌🌷🙏

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  13. An exquisite poem, Paul! ❤ While I think all learning is satisfying, the process of learning is not always easy or pleasant. What a sequence of events it takes to produce a diamond! The Phoenix theme has always been a favorite. Beautifully written! ❤

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  14. lync56

    Love the imagery of this poem


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