The Big Self – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“Where is the life we have lost in living.” TS Eliot (Chorusses From The Rock)

The Big Self

On reflection,
we seem to have lost sight of ourselves,
not the i want little me,
always so ready to claim
the little wants of a little life
with over confident entitlement,
so clearly parading the days,
not the scared self resisting
all the axial moments,
not the oppressed self sold
as slave to the shallow end,
the big self,
the sacred self,
the connected self,
the welcoming self,
the creative self,
the compassionate self,
the self that transcends all
cheap pretentions of a lily gilded,
where are they?

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8 responses to “The Big Self – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. VJ

    so difficult to keep track of the many selves when so many are vying for attention.

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  2. A million dollars question, Paul!


  3. The big self is so easy to lose among all the other competing selves, our own and other people’s.

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  4. They turned into editors


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  5. lync56

    Too true – wonderful poem



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