Which Is All There Is – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: sunrise over the Blackwood River.

“Forever is composed of nows.” Emily Dickinson

Which Is All There Is

When the present is all there is,
what does it mean to be fully present,
or do you sneak off in to the melancholy
of the greying past, or do you inhabit the 
anxiety of tomorrows never arrived,
rather than allowing yourself to be pulled
into this moment, which is all there is?

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39 responses to “Which Is All There Is – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. My mother had this conversation with me several times toward the end of her life.

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  2. We do this all the time…never being in the moment. You captured that so aptly, Paul.
    “melancholy of the greying past,” and “anxiety of tomorrows never arrived,”… couldn’t have said it better.

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  3. Dear Paul,

    As usual, I enjoyed every one of your thoughtful poems. Thank you.

    I would like to alert you to a typo in the second line of your poem: “what does in mean to be fully present”. The third word should have been “it”.

    Speaking of being present in the moment with awareness and (engaged) mindfulness, I can see from your post that you are “allowing yourself to be pulled into this moment”, which happens to be a topic that I have quite a lot to convey to you in a highly engaging and expansive post entitled “🦅 SoundEagle in Best Moment Award from Moment Matters 🔖🏆

    The said post opens with this paragraph:

    A spiritual outlook with a minimalist perspective on life that is conducive to happiness is often predicated on living in the present moment through mindful awareness emancipated from the vagaries of the subconscious and the itinerants of the mind.

    To give us an opportunity to appreciate and discuss about these issues even more deeply and from multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives, I would like to refer you to my detailed analyses and extended discussions in the concluding section called “Conclusion: Change Rules and Moment Matters” of this said post, available at http://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/soundeagle-in-best-moment-award-from-moment-matters/#Conclusion

    Yours sincerely,

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  4. It seems many of us spend a lot of time in the past or future. I wonder how many perfect present moments are missed because of this?

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    • Yes, and then to take it a step further, how many missed present moments have resulted in pain or sadness because of an all consuming pursuit of stuff or whatever? Thank you Patricia.


  5. Amy

    I know I do even though I’m happy with the present.

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  6. Great poem – and nice related quote from ED too 🙂

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  7. A beautiful poem that asks an essential question, Paul! ❤ Memories and hopes have their place, but it would be a mistake to live anywhere but in the now!

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  8. I’m with Cheryl and Punam! It’s a lovely poem, Paul and so true – despite my efforts, I still fail to spend sufficient time in the present.

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  9. So it is! Also a important advice! xx Michael

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  10. A new favorite to think about for a while. Loved the quote, as well.
    Thanks for posting!

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  11. lync56

    What a great poem and a great reminder to say in this moment


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