Deviate – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon


“We imagine that when we are thrown out of our usual ruts all is lost, but it is only then that what is new and good begins.” Lev Tolstoy


If you go the same way every day,
what could you possibly notice,
how would you mark this route
in any meaningful way as you 
slide along familiar rutted paths
lined with windowed reflections,
not a speck kiltered out from the
mundane; perhaps you can love
repetition, the sameness, perhaps 
the eye will awaken the soul when
you deviate down one of those 
spiced side-tracks unknown.

Copyright 2021 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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37 responses to “Deviate – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. That’s the secret skill, to obtain!

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  2. Ahh learning to true!

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  3. So much easier and comfortable sometimes to continue in that rut.

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  4. how would you mark this route
    in any meaningful way

    This is wise & on point.


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  5. I’m about to remove myself from a seven year rut 😄

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  6. spiced side-tracks – ah, delicious, and possibly deleterious …

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  7. These are some really great thoughts Paul.

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  8. When I get in a rut, I tend to trip over my own feet and fall down.

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  9. Lovely. I am going to post something exactly opposite later today 😀

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  10. It is fun to explore new paths. Even on familiar routes, we can be mindful of nuances like the beauty of the sky, wildlife, what we have observed fellow travelers doing. Wonderful poem with a wise message, Paul! ❤

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  12. Deviations on even a very small scale, can be part of a healthy balance in life…good as a rest, variety being the spice of life 🤗


  13. Charis Counselling

    So very you this poem



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