Acceptance – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

“How can one liberate the many? By first liberating his own being.” Lao Tzu


The self is a greek tragedy
looking, longing for soul,
desiring to overcome the 
great wound of separation,
that bifurcation of unity 
one calls love, into a 
dismembered anxiety, 
the self as scab to be
picked at first, then in guilt 
be covered, that its shame 
might be healed before 
it is discovered,
until age usurps the 
chorus with the wisdom
of acceptance.

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

  1. Age usurps the chorus… A lovely piece. ⛲🎶

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  2. Turns out, age is good for something! 😉

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  3. This stirs all sorts of emotions in me, beautifully written and a wonderful journey through life to the place we all aim for: acceptance of self.

    Love the Lao Tzu quote too.

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    • Yes, I look at youth and remember the angst, no point in shortcutting the journey for them, but I often wonder if self-acceptance can come sooner or whether it is purely the wisdom of age. Thank you so much for sharing this Rae.

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  4. Amy

    It’s a journey, no shortcut… Wise words, Paul.

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  5. Yes, got me with this one, Sir.

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