Stilled – Haibun by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Frank is hosting the Haibun with an invitation to write about the summer/winter solstice depending on which side of the equator we live.

dVerse Poets – Haibun – Solstice

Photo: Winter clouds make for accentuated sunrises over the Blackwood River.

“One way of celebrating the Solstice is to consider it a sacred time of reflection, release, restoration, and renewal.” Sarah Ban Breathnach


For the first time in a long time, a very long time it seems, I have simply stopped completely for a few days. I no longer miss my race around the sun to make meaning for someone else’s fortune, I long to make meaning for my own. there is something precious about distilling the day, spending time in recollection at evening and savouring the good moments, panning for the gold of the day.

There is a wonderful feeling that comes with stopping, slowing, taking time, knowing that the horizon is there, but also knowing it can wait. The wisdom of age is knowing when to stop, slow and take time, and when, even how, to move again and in which direction and when to be excited by a new horizon. For as surely as the earth turns, new horizons are aplenty. Right now I am still and awaiting my next step.

The world is turning
humans race to the finish 
stillness brings blossom

Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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Filed under awareness, Haibun, Haiku, life, mindfulness, prose, seasons

37 responses to “Stilled – Haibun by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. The pause that refreshes.

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  2. My favorite line: “panning for the gold of the day.”❤️

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  3. The pause is where it’s at! Lovely haibun.

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  4. I’m so glad to read this. May this be a time for you when the inner waters settle to beautiful clarity…

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  5. A reflective pause Paul.

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  6. It is so important to slow down and breather the air of solitude! Great Haibun, Paul.

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  7. Your writing is beautiful and poignant~and so relatable. Thank you for the follow new friend. I’m happy to know you.

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  8. I agree with all the others comments. 😉 Makes it easier for me, instead searching for fitting words. Thanks, Paul! xx Michael

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  9. Stillness brings blossom. I love this line. Patience is more necessary than speed to appreciate the abundance.

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  10. What a lovely poem that captures an essence of reflection!

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  11. lync56

    Such a beautiful poem


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  12. “panning for the gold of the day”

    That phrase is so wise and hopeful.

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  13. I agree, aging does slow us down, bring us some understanding to balance our time.

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