Something – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“Real awakening comes with an inherent sense of integrity.” Adyashanti

Something

Something came out of me largely dark,
the success of a poultice of intentions,
avoiding, of course, any hemlock or such,
an ending far too premature for the journey.

The success of a poultice of intentions
and is restricted only by somatic fears,
an ending far too premature for the journey
should fear be allowed to take centre stage.

And is restricted only by somatic fears
where the body lays and lies so innocently
should fear be allowed to take centre stage,
would my centre hold in glorious duality?

Where the body lays and lies so innocently,
avoiding, of course, any hemlock or such,
would my centre hold in glorious duality,
something came out of me darkly large.


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45 responses to “Something – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Nicely penned Paul. I’m exploring, in my mind, the concept of duality through the light or filter of “Mitakuye Oyasin” – All My Relations or We Are All Related

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  2. Oooh really scary. This new pantoum came through as I was writing about toadstool phobia, and reminds me that hemlock has terrified me too … all part of a fear of poisoning. And it’s blowing a huge winter storm up here in northern Scotland, so my new central heating, low-carbon, is singing lustily via its vibrating pipes. There be magic abounding – glad the lights are still on! Happy summer!

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    • Yes, I have a picture of you in the ravaged wilds of windswept gorse and heath hunkered down in your home and relishing the heat. In these last days of Spring we have already jumped to summer with temps here in the west rising beyond the norm. I don’t readily pick mushrooms just on the chance … Thank you for sharing, much appreciated.

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  3. Oh and I love the twist of the first and final largely/ darkly line

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  4. sounds heavy but healing … take care precious!

    You need the care now, the flock will manage 🙂

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  5. What a wonderfully thought provoking and clever read!

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  6. An intriguing poem with much to ponder and return to!

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  7. …..” Glorious Duality”
    Mind pleasing! Marvelous!
    Bravo PV!

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  8. Aww, you give us much to ponder here…

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  9. Paul,
    You’ve made the pantoum form submit to your ranging thoughts, yet recurring: on the one hand, the soma/sarx duality, on the other, the fear of dissolution, all communicated in that supine leisure of a patient waiting. Hope you are well.
    Pax,
    Dora

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  10. Amy

    It’s heavy… Take care, Paul.

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  11. lync56

    Another wonderful pantoum

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  12. I love what you did with the pantoun… such a great choice of words with hemlock and poultice being there for the best of contrast.

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  13. I particularly appreciate “a poultice of intentions.”

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  14. sanaarizvi

    This is incredibly potent! I especially resonate with; “And is restricted only by somatic fears where the body lays and lies so innocently should fear be allowed to take centre stage, would my centre hold in glorious duality?”

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  15. An excellent trimeric poem, Paul – I love this form! The first stanza particularly sings for me 🙂

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