Those Words Must Wait – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Mish is hosting Open Link Night where we are invited to post a poem of our own choosing.

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“Noise creates illusions. Silence brings truth.” Maxime Lagace

Those Words Must Wait

There are times when I cannot speak,
when the story simply won't come,
because those words must wait until
they can be placed in an understanding
and be fully received so that they are
not lost in the noise that is everywhere,
where they will be swallowed up and 
ruined before they have time to birth
an idea, a meaning, possibilities for
the world.

Copyright 2022 ยฉPaul Vincent Cannon
All Rights Reserved ยฎ๏ธ 


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40 responses to “Those Words Must Wait – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. brilliant poem, Paul. in one of the daoist texts it says, “look for small movements.” these small movements can only be seen in the stillness.

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  2. Quite true of the writing process. Enjoyed this.

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  3. I’ve had this experience as well.

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  4. I’m speechless … well done Paul

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  5. Well said and meaningful as sometimes one has to wait.

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  6. This resonates deeply. It is truly a learning experience to find and trust those safe places where your words are not misconstrued or misused but instead honoured and accepted.

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  8. You got me thinking, Paul. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  9. I enjoyed this poem, even if WP won’t let me leave a like. It seems broader to me than just the personal seeking for the right word in the right place at the right time, it’s the whole cacophony that surrounds us, everyone shouting for attention and issues needing to be dealt with. It’s often hard to make the quiet to order our own thoughts then find the right words to express them.

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  10. Beautiful poem, Paul. Like Jane, I think it can taken as a profound broader experience–when to speak, when are the words right (and who is the speaker)? Your poem also describes the every day–simply waiting for the right words as part of the writing experience.

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  11. You have been driving yourself to new creation each and every day for far too long. Sometimes, for those who find their deepest satisfaction in contribution, the most difficult lesson to learn is that we ourselves are a living contribution, and that if we relax and allow ourselves to just be and not produce sometimes, to recharge and renourish like a fallow field, one smile from our Selves can potentially do more good than anything we could effortfully continue to produce thinking it our only true value to the whole. The eyes of God disagree, and sometimes it helps us to be reminded of it. You do remind me of a piece of my own on writer’s block, though. I forget its title, but maybe I’ll go try to find it now.


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  12. great poem Paul and so relatable!๐Ÿ’–


  13. lync56

    Very thought provoking


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