The Real Journey – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Punam is guest host for Poetics with an introduction to the Punjabi Poet Amrita Pritam and an invitation to write a poem inspired by one of five lines from her poems. For more on Pritam follow the link below.

dVerse Poets – Poetics – Women Are People: Invoking Amrita Pritam

The line I chose as epigraph and springboard is: “Look further on ahead, there between truth and falsehood, a little empty space.” from ‘Empty Space’ by Amrita Pritam

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“Look further on ahead, there between truth and falsehood, a little empty space.” Amrita Pritam

The Real Journey

The road behind has been and is no more,
you cannot go back, but know this:
the road brought you to where you are now
by one way and another never directly,
always remember those segues, delays,
and wayside dalliances that became the
real journey of the heart in simple encounters,
small acts of loving kindness, little adventures
of no report, but set in memory as joie de vivre,
look forward to the twists and turns,
all is not what it seems, the edges are greyed 
with invitation to the mystery,
but not without the spark of scars.


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39 responses to “The Real Journey – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I couldn’t agree more, Paul. Fine words.

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  2. Scars are necessary as they mark your journey through life.

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  3. Life summed up😊

    Sent from my iPhone

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  4. EXCELLENT. One of your best, Paul.

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  5. These lines resonated very strongly with me:

    “little adventures
    of no report, but set in memory as joie de vivre,”

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  6. “the real journey of the heart.”
    I think those moments of serendipity, the unexpected in life, are so unique. Akin to what John Lennon wrote, that “Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” Shalom.

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  7. This is wonderful, Paul…beautifully written and great insights in one short poem! ❤

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  8. Great write. 🙂 These are my favourite lines :-
    “the road brought you to where you are now
    by one way and another never directly,”

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  9. Rob Kistner

    Paul, you were so aligned with life in this piece, so in touch with its essence. Such fine writing my friend. Like Lisa said, one of your best.

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  10. I also agree, Paul! We are on the way, and should not look back too much. xx Michael

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  11. I would like to connect to you to learn !!!

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  12. It is in the times of mystery that treasures are built to be later discovered after the spark of scars.

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  13. lync56

    Such a beautiful reflective poem – I love Pitram’s quote also

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