Beyond Happiness – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: Leschenaultia biloba – the blue is so gentle yet so striking in the West Australian scape. Taken at Mundaring.

“Find ecstasy in life: the mere sense of living is joy enough.” Emily Dickinson

Beyond Happiness

that deep soaking of our
whole being beyond mere
happiness ( that fleeting imp),
that swells the soul and lifts 
our very being to the heavens,
leaving us swimming in bursts 
of feeling, rooted in openness
to the sheer simplicity of all
that is, and all that can be,
bringing us back to our truest,
whole self.

Copyright 2021 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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13 responses to “Beyond Happiness – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Exactly how I’ve been feeling for the past few years, Paul. The the incredible beauty and variety of nature is enough.

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  2. A sweet, holistic poem, Paul! Happy Holidays! 🌲😁🌲

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  3. Your poem immediately made me want to run out to the woods–or the mountains–or the seaside.


  4. ‘This much depth and compression of thoughts’ ………
    I am lacking in capacity to grasp!
    I mean to say : ” spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings..”!
    Bravo PV!


  5. Charis Counselling

    This poem has put my feelings into words – beautiful



  6. Beautiful poetry. I like this One a lot. It made me happy. Thank you for sharing🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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