Hoping It’s Not A Grind – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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Photo: fodors.com – one of the fascinating traditions from the past – tossing furniture, Naples, Italy.

“For last year’s words belong to last years language ….” T.S. Eliot (Four Quartets)

Hoping It's Not A Grind

Some parts of 21 I'm glad to leave behind
hidden in a trunk without reflection,
all my feelings astir, some days were a grind.

I packed in all the adventures I could find,
turning and turning for a new direction,
some parts of 21 I'm glad to leave behind.

Some parts of mundane I didn't mind,
I just don't pursue an energy of perfection,
all my feelings astir, some days were a grind.

I loved the many times of joyful unwind,
sidestepping all the cracks of infection,
some parts of 21 I'm glad to leave behind.

It's the loss of kindness that I've pined,
ever steering round the bollards of reaction,
all my feelings astir, some days were a grind.

I'm hoping 22 might be more kindly lined,
with gratitude I would just take a fraction,
some parts of 21 I'm glad to leave behind,
all my feelings astir, some days were a grind.


Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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51 Comments

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51 responses to “Hoping It’s Not A Grind – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Charis Counselling

    Wow great poem – so so true for me too

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  2. You are right, some things from 2021 we will be glad to leave behind. Hopefully 2022 will be better!

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  3. The villanelle works so well with the subject matter!

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  4. I’m with you on this one, Sir! Well said!

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  5. How nice to read a Villanelle, Paul! I do hope you manage to leave the grind behind in 2022 🙂

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  6. So well expressed! I hear ya! 😀

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  7. Ain

    That is the say to go, furniture, leaves, bad times..bags must be dropped at some stage,well done…

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  8. scotthastiepoet

    Original and thoughtfully poetic reflections here- I found plenty to resonate with here – Thank you Paul

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  9. 2021 was bad for many. I don’t want a repeat, no thanks. Let’s keep the good lessons. And yes, may gratitude be what we turn to this new year. Lovely. I loved reading. Thanks. Happy New Year.

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  10. Rob Kistner

    Love your reachin’ high for a great OLN, bravo Paul! 🙂✌🏼❤️

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  11. The loss of kindness that I’ve pined: oh, yes! Well done, Paul!

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  12. Your words speak to so many of us, Paul. Goodbye to a difficult year, beautifully put!

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  13. Nice form for looking back and forward.

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  14. Beautiful in reflection and the way you include the light with the darkness. Here’s to kinder times in 22.

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  15. I fully agree with this, Paul! What a year. Lets hope in 2022 we will have more of what our officials calling “freedom”. Sometimes i see some differences in the declarations of the term. xx Michael

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  16. The form worked beautifully to reinforce the fact that 21 was indeed in parts a grind and we are happy to leave it behind.

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  17. I hear you, Paul. 2021 had its challenges! Happy New Year to you and I hope 2022 will bring blessings.

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  19. Beautifully said in your villanelle, Paul. Let us hope 2022 is better for us all.

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