The Moment -a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“A very faustian choice is upon us: whether to accept our corrosive and risky behaviour as the unavoidable price of population and economic growth, or to take stock of ourselves and search for a new environmental ethic.” E.O. Wilson

The Moment

The moment between asking and answering a question
is the moment of significant weight waiting to shift,
one way or another to fall or to rise, to the left or the right,
and in the moment identifying our own game of denial.

Is the moment of significant weight waiting to shift 
merely a trope of the human imaginative longing,
one way or another to fall or to rise, to the left or the right,
or is it perhaps a significant axial irruption in our midst?

Merely a trope of the human imaginative longing,
suggesting that there is no salvific moment beyond dreams,
or is it perhaps a significant axial irruption in our midst,
at best our childish myths deserted our desperate need.

Suggesting that there is no salvific moment beyond dreams,
one way or another to fall or to rise, to the left or the right,
at best our childish myths deserted our desperate need,
the moment between asking and answering a question.


Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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17 responses to “The Moment -a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Sometimes the period between the decision is shortened by other events. There seems to be always a third unvisible player in the game. Best wishes, Paul! Have a good weekend! xx Michael

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  2. mic

    👏👏👏👌✒

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  3. I think the moment is upon us to answer Wilson’s question.

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  4. Alarming, isn’t it.

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  5. Thought prompting gem there, Paul. Thanks.

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