The Paradox – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“Detachment is not that you should own nothing. But that nothing should own you.” Ali ibn abi Talib

The Paradox

Sometimes we are like an overflowing glass, 
a vessel to be filled that cannot be filled,
the cup running over but never receiving,
a fulness no emptiness can teach;
to be full of nothing is to be full of
everything, but to be full of everything is
to be full of nothing.


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16 responses to “The Paradox – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. This one’s a head-spinner!

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  2. What a wonderful explanation of zen! Many times over thousands of years it has been tried, but I think never more successfully than this.

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  3. love this Paul. The constant lesson so well delivered my friend!
    💖
    “a fulness no emptiness can teach;
    to be full of nothing is to be full of
    everything, but to be full of everything is
    to be full of nothing.”

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  4. Amy

    Insightful, Paul! Well said.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. lync56

    Profound – great poem

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  6. In this paradox are words of wisdom, Paul! 🙂

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