Souvenirs – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“Remember the past, and that there is a future.” Deborah Harkness


days mantled by feelings
of breathless anticipation,
the constant desire for something,
anything, to happen,
the spark of the next thing,
at the very least a sense of 
movement delaying atrophy,
warding off any wound to the
exponential revolution that
whelmed a generation into action,
now located in opulent coffee-table
books and undergrad courses,
documentaries, all taming towards 
a collective amnesia,
but even now the germ of its 
energy rises from below,
the subvenire of a hope held in
words, songs, art,
waiting for us to attach enough
significance to them they might
be forever held.

Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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Note: Subvenire is the Latin original for the French souvenir (to remember) and carries the meaning to come from below.


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26 responses to “Souvenirs – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. In the worst case we are getting back to well cared memories. Wonderful, Paul! Sorry for my delay! Have a nice rest of the week! xx Michael

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  2. Great poetry Paul, as you had me from the breathless anticipation, and constant desire and kept my interest all the way to the significance of memories being forever held.

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  3. Wow 🤩 what a wonderful poem. Love the quote too, in turbulent times it can hard to imagine a future and too easy to hold onto the past.

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  4. Sometimes it feels like you’re reading my mind😉

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  5. ah the accumulation of our special moments tend to collide and often feel like another life, you capture this well …

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  6. And I wait for this moment, always and again, so that the life in me starts again.

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  7. “at the very least a sense of
    movement delaying atrophy,”
    Loved these lines, Paul!


  8. lync56

    You have captured this feeling so well


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