No Bluff On The Knoll – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Frank is hosting the Haibun with an invitation to write inspired by Hanshan (Cold Mountain) the mystical figure of Chinese poetry (9th C) – option 1 to write about a mountain experience real or metaphorical, or 2 to follow the experience of Hanshan. For more detail, follow the link below.

dVerse Poets – Haibun Monday – Cold Mountain

Photo: The summit of Bluff Knoll, 1,100 metres shrouded that day in mist (cold and misty at the top, autumnal and warm rainy middle, summer at the bottom).

“My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing.” Aldous Huxley

No Bluff On The Knoll

It wasn't sudden by any means. Autumn was giving leave of senses and we decided, he and I, to create a moment, an event in our lives that mattered in the cool of that meaningful April, when summer was on the run and winter was leaving hints everywhere in our path. We decided on Bluff Knoll, a small but determined mount worthy of a days climb that would fracture our patterned minds, opening us to something new.

We watched each other for signs of something, I don't really know what. But I know he gave of his youth and I surrendered my pretences , he not judging, me simply admitting my limitations and grateful for his patience as I aged along the way. The physical exertion so demanding we were not inclined to talk much, but in the valley of debrief there was deep gratitude. If there is a god, they were in our unspoken, heartfelt glances divine. It was enough.

Before us the knoll
ever the old ways we know
autumn brings new eyes



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21 Comments

Filed under awareness, bush walking, camping, Haibun, Haiku, life, Mountaineering, quote

21 responses to “No Bluff On The Knoll – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Autumn brings new eyes. That is such a stirring line and so true. Beautiful haibun, thoughtful and insightful.

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  2. Love the language in this poem.

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  3. Reading your haibun left me with a feeling of warmth and peace.

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  4. How beautifully crafted!

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  5. lots of lovely lines here Paul.
    💖
    Loved this “It wasn’t sudden by any means. Autumn was giving leave of senses and we decided, he and I, to create a moment, an event in our lives that mattered in the cool of that meaningful April,

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  6. Love this, Paul. It is enough, indeed.

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  7. Again beautiful penned, Paul! Makes positive mood. xx Michael

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  8. lync56

    So beautifully describing a precious moment shared

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