The Breaking Wave – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: Rocks along Cape Leeuwin

“One can be the master of what one does, but never of what one feels.” Gustave Flaubert

The Breaking Wave

Standing on the shore of feeling,
watching the horizon, waiting,
being engulfed, thrust beyond
in swirls of murky images, thrown
beyond the foaming crest into
the boiling current of deep 
inner turmoil, full of dangerous
rips along jagged coral memories,
finally resurfacing in the calm 
of the breaking wave.

Copyright 2021 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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Filed under awareness, beach, Free Verse, life, poem, quote

30 responses to “The Breaking Wave – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. A lovely, relatable poem, KK. I love the quote! ❤

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  2. Beautiful photo and poem

    Sent from my iPhone


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  3. I really like how you use the water metaphor in this poem in a way I haven’t seen before.

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  4. So well described. Relief!

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  5. Your words are beautiful and as deep as the ocean.

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  6. What great relatable metaphors Paul. 💕

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  7. I can hear that wave! 🌊

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  8. Superb imagery,and very well penned! 😀

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  9. I also love the water metaphor. xx Michael

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  10. lync56

    I love this such a beautiful picture of emotions


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