Those Coral Crowns – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: the Southern Ocean of Augusta.

“We sail within a vast sphere, ever drifting in uncertainty, driven from end to end.” Blaise Paschal

Those Coral Crowns

If you drift,
do you roll with it,
hold the gunwale,
laughing into the wind
that slights your face
with the spit of seas,
wrapping your ache
in strands of sea-grass
too slippery to bind,
or do you cast your fate
to the crystal depths
and plunge life with
every stroke forward,
tooth and scale,
seeking coral crowns?

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Filed under awareness, beach, boats, Free Verse, life

25 responses to “Those Coral Crowns – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. A thought-provoking poem. I think I’d prefer to drift and and with it. Coral crowns would only cut my head and make me bleed.

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  2. Welcome back, my good brother 🙋✨

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  3. We’re on the same wavelength today. 🙂

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  4. Beautiful! Hi, Paul! Sorry, i had a longer delay, as WP had logged your blog out of my list, and not shown me the notifications of your postings. But now i am back again! 🙂 Have a nice weekend! xx Michael

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  5. This really spoke to me. My heart and brain are at odds and your words explains what I feel perfectly!
    I want to go with the flow and be easy like the rolling waves as gracefully, but I am tumbling and flopping about. I can’t catch my breath to laugh because the wind is more the breeze and takes my breath away, I am busy bracing myslef. I feel broken and beaten, blind and cast aside, drowning even… but I know this is not like me, it’s not my nature to be this way. I know there is a place made for me where I home, safe, protective and seen. Where my crown sit straight and doesn’t tip. Somewhere.

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  6. An interesting question. These days, in these troubled times, it seems to me the trick has become to try to stay flexible so you can do whatever the moment needs…

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  7. I prefer to drift. Life has challenges enough no need to add to them.

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  8. There’s a time to go with the flow and other times to seize the moment, just depends on how much strength you have, I think! Lovely, Paul!

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  9. lync56

    Interesting poem


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