Unpacking – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“Memories are contrary things; if you quit chasing them and turn your back, they often return on their own.” Stephen King


Unpacking an old box of memories,
sifting yellowed papers, dusty cards,
a folder of old letters and clippings
rediscovered, once kept as keepsakes,
reminders of people and events to be
remembered, the newspaper clipping 
of my father as a young athlete
piercing my balance, bringing an 
unexpected unpacking of emotion.

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18 responses to “Unpacking – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Ah, yes! The unexpected wave hits!!

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  2. Going through boxes of memories is often challenging.

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  3. I’ve had this experience so many times. Your poem captures the feeling perfectly.

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  4. Lovely poem. In last weeks I have enjoyed such moments with my family 😀

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  5. Memories come often These days, pieces of feelings , smell and pictures, flashbacks they say.

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  6. lync56

    A nostalgic moment shared and so well captured in this poem


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  8. While it can be bittersweet, feeling those emotions again is one of the best reasons to go back through a memory box. Lovely, Paul.

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