Finding – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Sarah is hosting poetics with an invitation to use repetition or anaphora in a poem, using one word from a list of nine verbs, I chose – lose.

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“Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth.” Ludwig Borne


To lose is a paradox like celebrating a death 
of the closely loved.

To lose is never what it seems at first light,
as the day draws long all is reversal.

To lose is the possibility of beginnings
beyond ordinary imagining.

To lose is to find oneself in the thwart of
resist, an overcoming push, or two.

To lose is the discovery of circles and cycles,
a rhythm of parallels.

To lose is to gorge as an aesthete, to sup
without striving.

To lose is an unconventional contentment
of finding.

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32 responses to “Finding – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. So many wonderful observations on “losing.”

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  2. Very thought-provoking as you bring us new definitions of loss. I like this a lot.

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  3. To lose is an unconventional contentment of finding.

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  4. I am sorry, I pressed send before I could finish.
    That line has such a depth of meaning.

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  5. I can understand the paradoxical nature of losing with my head but not with my heart or my gut. A very thought-provoking poem.

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  6. So many paradoxes here. I think sometimes we lose things because they need to be lost. I’ll be thinking about this for a while.

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    • I agree Sarah, some things do need to be lost, especially around building self-care, and EQ, but also a healthy ego, It’s a two life project I say 🙂 Thank you very much.


  7. So much to think about here, Paul. I particularly like the summary in the final couplet.
    There are many things I’ve gained by losing.

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  8. sanaarizvi

    I absolutely love, love this! The opening line is such a hook! 😀

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  10. A great reminder on the basics of our lives. xx Michael

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