To Live – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Linda is hosting Poetics with an invitation to use a line (choice of eight lines) from a James Harrison poem as an epigraph.

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“I don’t know what happens after death but I’ll have to chance it.” from ‘Desert Snow” by Jim Harrison

To Live

So many the schemes of fall,
whose tentacles sliver and snare
the unwitting, hapless traveller 
looking for meaning, while 
insuring, forestalling, the one
dark door of mystery beyond 
all knowing, even of a simple 
kind, and whose edge dominates
even the philosopher's mind;
seeds fall and seasons process
down the hall of time, but I'll
not invest in any scheme,
the reveal can only be lived.

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44 responses to “To Live – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. “…seeds fall and seasons process down the hall of time…”–love that! Also, I enjoy the rhythm of the poem as it unfolds. Very engaging to read.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Thank you Sir. Love your blog 💥

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  3. sanaarizvi

    “seeds fall and seasons process down the hall of time, but I’ll not invest in any scheme,”.. my goodness this is potent! Such a thought-provoking poem this is Paul! I am in awe 💝💝

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  4. Paul, a beautiful poem with a profound meaning. ❤ The "dark door of mystery" will open for all of us with the passage of time.

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  5. You are right … the one who claims to know the most probably knows the least. It is the not knowing that drives us up the wall. We humans think we have to know everything!

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  6. We each will cross the threshold of that mysterious dark door and we wonder what’s beyond…ghouls or glory?

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  7. ‘The reveal can only be lived’ … yesssss!
    And thank you Paul for introducing me to the riches of dVerse, whose nautiloid tentacles have truly slithered and ensnared me … and are also opening up door after door into the mysteries of others’ heart-minds…

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  8. Love, love, love the ending of this Paul!

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  9. Superb! And I really loved the ending!

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  10. Yes… only through living it will be revealed.

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  11. Absolutely, Paul…the reveal can only be lived!

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  12. The one dark door of mystery, the big reveal at the end of the journey.

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  13. Your poem is beautiful ~~~~~

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  14. ‘the one
    dark door of mystery beyond
    all knowing’

    so haunting: we must all go through that door sooner or later. But I think we shouldn’t be afraid!

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  17. Charis Counselling

    Great poem


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