By The Cascades – prosery by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Ingrid is hosting Prosery (144 words), with an invitation to use a line from Wordsworth’s ‘Lines written at a small distance from my house’ The line is: “Bring no book, for this one day we’ll give to idleness.”

dVerse Poets – Prosery – Bring no book

Photo: Damn or reservoir originally for the railway when steam was a thing, at Yellowdine.

“Idleness is fatal only to the mediocre.” Albert Camus

By The Cascades 

O, to be free of this straightened life, the interminable deadlines and triplications that are required, but no one reads, you can fill wrong, but if you don't submit them, the roof will fall in. And the fact that we dare to talk openly about it means that this is a farce. And the endless grind of the alarm clock, that sentinel of hours, gleefully chiming our days given to some supposed endeavour that will somehow matter.

Today we will escape, we will call in lost, unfound, laughing, pour vivre ma vie. We shall stroll to a brook and sit in the shade, quaff wine until we are not fine but dandy. And bring no books, for this one day, we'll give to idleness, to caviar and water cress sandwiches, to laughter, to tears, to sighs, and the little death, by the cascades.

Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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Note: pour vivre ma vie = to live my life.


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41 responses to “By The Cascades – prosery by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Ain

    Stunning writing, and philosophy. It could have been a trap, for you, writing about the daily drudge, but because of your utterly superb prose you soared well beyond that, and went much deeper, too, than mere description of boring duties. The second paragraph too was a jewel. Superb.

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  2. A bottle of Idyll wine
    drank in no time
    dandy and sublime
    heeds no rhyme
    beyond the imaginary climb
    … (not far away, in the Moorabool Valley, we have the “Idyll winery”, that is renowned for their award winning ‘Cabernet Sauvignon’ )

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  3. Beautiful, Paul, ‘to caviar and water cress sandwiches’ and all the other things! Delightfully written.

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  4. Love this line so much, Paul:

    quaff wine until we are not fine but dandy.

    I wouldn’t mind being a bit dandy!


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  5. The perfect escape provocation and fantasy . . . (I also love the the idleness justification from Camus. I’ll have to remember it!)

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  6. Here’s to more idle afternoons… although I might just have to bring a book along 😉 Lovely thoughts, Paul.

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  7. A delight to read. Yes, let’s do that. It could work when we have those other things to look forward to. Lovely. Thanks.

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  8. Can I come? I love how eloquently you describe the contrast between routine and escape.

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  9. Very nicely done, Paul. Sounds like a fun day with a happy ending to remember!

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  10. “the endless grind of the alarm clock” OH THIS IS TOO REAL! I remember those days! Having been rejuvenated now for 8+ years (never say retired), I can truthfully say, I stilled the alarm clock permanently!!!
    Your second paragraph is pure bliss!

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  11. I am sitting here with a glass of wine. But, as it is the last of the bottle, I am fine but not dandy. Though your prosery is fine and dandy!

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  12. This is great, Paul. I love the turns of phrase that turns the phrases on the ear, the delicate allusions. So good!

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