I Take Hope In That – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

“A bird that fears falling off a tree branch is ignorant of its gifts.” Matshona Dhilwayo

I Take Hope In That

I closed my eyes and 
ran my hands along the top rail of the farm gate,
its gnarled timber long massaged by many hands, 
washed smooth by decades of rain, 
opening up the ancient grain with 
striated streaks along its length, 
where moss and lichen breathe and tiny
things hide beyond the eye,
the smell of lanolin brings welcome memories,
and though its nails and screws are looser now, 
a sag visible with scrape lines in the dirt, 
the gate is ever strong, standing firm, 
and I take hope in that.


Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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19 Comments

Filed under bush walking, farming, Free Verse, life, mindfulness, poem, quote

19 responses to “I Take Hope In That – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Nice one ☺️

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  2. They’re much more beautiful at that stage, I have always felt…

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  3. I LOVE this poem of hope!

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  4. VJ

    Solid piece Paul worth a few reads.

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  5. Old and worn objects are often sculptural. Beautiful description of the farm gate, Paul. 🙂

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  6. Beautiful poem, Paul.

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