Even When – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.” May Sarton

Even When

The diversity of my parts are not the sum of me,
but merely the complexity of possibilities,
I am not my body's disparate functionality
divorced nor captive to its parts dogmatised
by loud voices from the past as if they are flags
of virtue, I am not an acronym to be sung as a 
standard, never a diagnosis or an expectation to
be pinned, roled, or approved as part of some
myopic, narrow definition; I am not that, I am
myself as I find myself at any given moment, even
when I am a stranger to myself.


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50 responses to “Even When – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Indeed, Paul. I consider myself, and everybody else, to be a unique convergence of the 10,000 things. Wonderful opening quote.

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  2. Wonderful prose Paul. No way we can be condensed and simplified even if others try

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  3. Great opening line. Lovely poem Paul.

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  4. One of a kind describes you for sure! We are all special at each moment we live! I like that.

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  5. Paul, this lovely poem tells us that the human experience is a kaleidoscope of endless possibilities. I like the last line especially, “I am myself as I find myself at any given moment, even when I am a stranger to myself.”

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  6. So good…I could borrow it to define myself, Paul.

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  7. I am
    myself as I find myself at any given moment, even
    when I am a stranger to myself.

    I love this, Paul.


    David

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  8. sanaarizvi

    This is exquisitely drawn, Paul! We humans are complex beings and yes I agree, “I am not an acronym to be sung as a standard.”💝💝

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  10. Close to a sonnet in meter and rhyme. I often (in the middle of the night) feel a stranger to myself.

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  11. You aced it with this one!

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  12. This poem reminds me of sitting in the ICU day after day waiting for the doctors to deliver their latest clinical pronouncement.

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  13. Beautifully written, loved it🙂

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  14. Yes we are complex. Lovely!

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  15. Charis Counselling

    Amazing poem

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