Turning South – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: Looking south-east out over the Blackwood River beyond to the Southern Ocean, dawn.

“In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or step back into safety.” Abraham Maslow

Turning South

No more the pursuit of truth without context,
this great, long trudge of meaning making has 
seduced us to a constant suspicion of even 
ourselves, surrendering our spines to the ghouls
who would render us as glue in their pursuit of
harnessing our paranoid trust for their endeavours.

East and west I trudged and wrangled, my pack 
becoming an unbearable burden which I left by the
road at the point where I turned south for a change,
there it is cooler, lighter, quieter, and the sun 
gilds all my laden clouds.

Copyright 2021 ยฉPaul Vincent Cannon
All Rights Reserved ยฎ


Filed under Free Verse, life, mindfulness, poem, quote, self-development

25 responses to “Turning South – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I love this poem! (For me, it’s turning North that makes the difference.)

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  2. Charis Counselling

    Some depth of meaning in this poem – so well crafted yet again



  3. Paul, life can leave us weary, longing for a different direction, or at least a little change of scene. Gorgeous, meaningful poem! โค

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  4. Wonderfully penned! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Amy

    Beautiful, Paul. Love the last line.

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  7. “Searched for the peace everywhere but found it inside myself”. Lovely๐Ÿ™‚

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