And Stopped – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“Almost everything will work if you unplug it for a few minutes … including you.” Anne Lamott

And Stopped

You can keep going,
you really can,
sweating long days,
wringing out your energy,
defeating your body,
pushing uphill,
against the tide,
against the wind,
the clock always ticking,
mind racing circles,
circles racing minds,
total confusion reigns,
pushing we go,
but, what if
we went anti-clockwise,
wore underwear on our head,
turned down slow street,
blew bubbles,
tapped balloons,
did a handstand in the rain,
and stopped pushing?

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35 responses to “And Stopped – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. No stopping here today if you choose to go outside—another big windy day—cold noisy and tiresome.

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  2. I stopped the Sisyphus routine almost a year ago now. Now when I push, the rock gets to the top, and I can go do something else–or hang around and admire the rock for a bit.

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  3. Love it! May try the underwear on my head today

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  4. If you did a handstand in the rain, it would be a wet crack-up.

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  5. but, what if

    Wow, Paul… I was not expecting that turn in the poem! I love this!


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  6. I feel lighter already Paul.
    What if?
    I love it! 💖

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  7. Yes, what IF??? 🌄👌🤗

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  8. lync56

    interesting question – leaving me pondering and draw to this at the same time – what if???


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  9. Loved this poem, I enjoyed the way it went from the fervour of pushing to the lightness of slowing down and taking life less seriously.

    I’m off to find some underwear for my head.

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  10. Today a little rain and chilly😂

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  11. Definitely something to consider every once in awhile. 🙂

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