We Settled For Life – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

“I have learned that to be with those I like is enough.” Walt Whitman

We Settled For Life

We settled for the bird song
rather than fill this sacredness
with endless sounds, like 
crashing cymbals, that is the
gum mongering of contention.

We settled for the quietude of
wind scattering leaves around,
rather than rush around the 
clock who is the root of modern
guilt and the asphyxiation of earth.

We settled for sunrise and set,
watching the colour reveals
rather than live a monochrome 
sadness that is the grieving eye
of missed intimacies recounted.

We settled for life as we found it,
being satisfied to breathe,
eschewing all harbingers of early death, 
the psychosis of projected living,
we settled for love.

Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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Filed under Free Verse, life, mindfulness, poem, quote

26 responses to “We Settled For Life – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. A good idea and certainly not settling as it’s usually portrayed

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  2. Nice! Your poem does a wonderful job of putting things into perspective.

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  3. Oh, this poem makes my heart rejoice!

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  4. Now, this is settling I could settle for!

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  5. love your word choice and carrying us through each challenge of settling Paun.

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  6. Leyde Ryan

    WOW, so deep.

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  7. lync56

    So beautiful and powerfully written


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