Songs Of Life – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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Photo: Pine cone by Lars_Nissen at

“The best part of happiness is the pines.” Terri Guillemets

Songs Of Life

The pine cone is sentinel,
even in its surrender to
gravitational inevitability, that
severance of the fullness of 
sap, offering songs of life in
death, a conal dichotomy of
choices in weathered experiences,
a gift graft of popular truthing,
symbol, spelling or cure, its real
is to open or closed, sometimes
simultaneously, such a grand 
lesson in how to be.

Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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30 responses to “Songs Of Life – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Ain

    There is, indeed, that lesson to learn, and others too, in the grand and spiritual pine forests. I think your verse really explores that beautifully..

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  2. VJ

    Can’t say I’ve ever thought about being a pine cone but they are certainly prolific this year.

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  3. ” such a grand / lesson in how to be”
    As simple as it sounds, a great challenge for many.

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  4. I don’t think I will ever look at a pine cone in quite the same way again.

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  5. One of my favorite things on earth!

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  6. sanaarizvi

    This is absolutely exquisite! I especially love; “a conal dichotomy of choices in weathered experiences,”❤️❤️

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  7. Pine cones hint at the beauty of after-life.

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  8. Lovely image and beautiful reflections Paul. I have a few pine cones and seashells scattered around among the little souvenirs of my life. They are equally beautiful and inspiring as the artistic creations of humans. ❤

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  9. Paul, the pines in the yard give up so many cones that I just consider a nuisance, yet the number of critters who are sustained by them are numerous. I used to rake them up and throw them away. Now I collect them in 5-gallon pails that remain available for the critters. This winter the possums had a feast on them 🙂 Your poem highlights their selflessness and their lack of worry about how to be, they just are until they are no more.

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  10. I am fascinated by pine cones…I give them to people for gifts at christmas to hang on the tree with a short poem

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  11. Beautiful thought ~ some times the most important lessons in life are right out in nature, right in front of us to recognize. Well done.

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  13. Learning from the trees is something we need to do quickly before the trees are cut down for timber.

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