Time Box – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“These fragments I have shored against my ruins.” T.S. Eliot

Time Box

I don't know why I chose that box,
perhaps it quietly called me to an
opening as a siren calls to ships,
I slit the tape and pulled the flaps 
apart, so beginning an archeology,
unearthing and sifting the dry bones 
of meaning, curating the feelings of 
connection, wondering why parts
of a life were so important, might their
preservation be a holding of immortality,
a hope of transcendence; as I leafed 
yellowed pages and held incongruent 
objects I was flooded with a sense 
that all experiences come to an end,
and boxes of memoria are simply 
eulogies of grief for the passage

Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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26 responses to “Time Box – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Sometimes I wonder Paul … do memerioes become fossilised

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  2. Ug. That is bittersweet and so true.

    I know the significance of reading all your words to the end. There is always a message to take away.

    Hope you are well. Donna

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    • Thank you so much Donna, bittersweet is a great summary of the affect and thank you for the kind and thoughtful praise too. I am indeed well (I hope you sure are too)


  3. Very moving, Paul! This speaks to me. I have been giving my old mementos to my children over the last couple of years, as did my grandmother and my Mother before me.

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  4. Reblogged this on The Reluctant Poet and commented:
    Do Not Miss Reading This From Paul !!!!

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  5. a poignant piece and wonderful morning read Paul!💖

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  6. Very true as I learned again, recently

    Sent from my iPhone


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  7. This one really hit home, Paul.

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  9. Charis Counselling

    So so true – I love how you have worded this so well to express just how this feels


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