What Form Do They Take – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“Only a crisis, actual or perceived, produces real change.” Milton Friedman

What Form Do They Take?

How do crises shape themselves in your life,
what form do they take in your body,
do they possess you completely above all,
are they integral to your reactive self?

What form do they take in your body,
these geist foisted by external events,
are they integral too your reactive self,
are they kindred spirits wholly yours?

These geist foisted by external events,
what feelings do they evoke in you,
are they kindred spirits wholly yours,
or are they something to be exorcised?

What feelings do they evoke in you,
do they possess you completely above all
or are they something to be exorcised,
how do crises shape themselves in your life?


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18 Comments

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18 responses to “What Form Do They Take – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Good question. Afraid I’ve been consumed by the recent crisis in our country. Time to restore personal peace.

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  2. I hate to say it but….you knew that was coming, right?😂. I’m afraid I am too emotional the last few years

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  3. This is a very thought-provoking and sobering poem, the stuff that deep, dark nights of the soul are made of.

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    • Yes, absolutely. I decided not to put out a blog on my experience but choose to poem away, but last July I was suffering PTSD as the result of an attack, just coming through it as a present reality, and it triggered an intense sense of betrayal by my institution.

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  4. I’m need to perceive a crisis harder haha Loved this poem. Well done.

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  5. I don’t like any crisis in my life! Fortunately, there have only been a few and
    none recently. One question, what does geist mean?

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    • Geist (Ger.) means spirit, and is often used to mean the spirit of a thing. The great philosopher Hegel used it to refer to the spirit of certain ages of history. I don’t like crises, but I’ve had a few.

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  6. So sorry to hear that but I felt something wrong. I don’t ask personally as a rule but glad you can write it out, at least most of it

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  7. The pandemic, violence, war, human suffering, political turmoil, the climate crisis…These things weigh heavy upon our minds! Yet we must find inner calm and moments of gratitude and joy to sustain us.

    Powerfully-written poem, Paul! So relevant for today. ❤

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  8. lync56

    Great pantoum yet again

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