How, Not What – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“No wonder it comes as a relief to be reminded of your insignificance. It’s the feeling of realising that you’d been holding yourself all this time to standards you couldn’t reasonably be expected to meet.” Oliver Burkeman

How, Not What

Once, long ago, I asked about time,
what was it I wondered, and this was 
solved by a second hand, everything
a chronology, boxed and streamlined,
leaving me dis-eased, feeling disordered,
out of place, yearning for a sacred 
loitering, a soaking of space, awaiting
an unfolding, and I realised my question 
had changed, how was time?

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27 responses to “How, Not What – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Yes indeed Paul .. how is time .. “time hears no commands”

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  2. The ancient Mayans lived by (count ’em) seven different calendars for various purposes, the simplest of which comprises three elegantly concentric spirals of what functions as a societal biorhythm, and makes ours look like a blank Kindergarten exercise page…

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  3. The measurement of time began with the invention of sundials in ancient Egypt.

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  4. dis-eased

    So clever, Paul! I love it.


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  5. I’ve always found time a confounding concept. I feel better when I can be in the present moment and not think about it.

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  6. Charis Counselling

    I love this deep reflective and challenging poem


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  7. Thoughtful dear 🥰

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