Into The Gray – prose by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Lisa is hosting Prosery (144 words) with an invitation to write prose and to include the line “In the tender gray, I swim undisturbed.” from the poem ‘In Sullivan County’ by Celia Dropkin (who was born on Decmeber 5), for more details follow the link below.

dVerse Poets – Prosery – On This Day: Happy December 5 Birthday Poets


“Life is about the gray areas.” Emily Giffin

Into The Gray

I’ve always been allergic to moralisms. They’re like a feeling I have when I’ve eaten something that is past its use by date. It can look good, but the eating thereof leaves much to be desired. And it’s a smorgasbord. Every group has an opinion on what is right or wrong, what is black or white. Sadly, some of it can be so destructive as they turn into rules of exclusion, leaving individuals and groups open to judgement and senseless punishment.

For me, moralisms are dualisms preventing harmony and peace, preventing open hearted compassion. they thrive on fear. I no longer seek to be right, to have that egoic power at the exclusion of connection and love. Non-harming is my way through. Listening, accepting, sometimes setting things aside. These days I’m much happier in the tender gray, I swim undisturbed in that cosmic pond.

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55 responses to “Into The Gray – prose by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. This strikes a chord with me. The world, the joined-up virtual world, is loud and aggressively self-righteous. Too many people yelling about the evil people who don’t agree with them. Single-issue people with a hierarchy of victimhood. You’re right to try and blot it out. The biggest mouths are often the most ignorant.

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  2. I agree with you, Paul. I like “allergic to moralisms.” Yes, most things and situations are in a grey area, not black and white.

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  3. Wise thoughts explained beautifully. To me it says, “Pick your battles wisely and make them few in order to do the least harm.”
    Because some battles must ultimately be fought IMHO. Staying mostly “undisturbed” helps us make wiser and fairer decisions but hopefully doesn’t inspire complacency which is not at all kind.

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  4. That must be wonderful swimming in that cosmic pond.

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  5. What a great use of the line. Yes.

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  6. Wonderful advice and philosophy to live by, Paul. I also think we shed things along the way when we (become able to) see they no longer serve us.

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  7. I like this, Paul…bringing a much needed perspective, especially in current times, but ultimately in any times.

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  8. Love the sentiment in this piece of writing 🙂

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  9. Elegant rendering of a nearly impossible challenge. Bravo!

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  10. lync56

    Beautiful – it only more were to swim in that cosmic pond


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  12. I can relate to this Paul. With what seems like the whole world showing anger at the slightest inconvenience, I am sometimes comfortable slipping into the grey/gray. The exception would be if I witnessed someone being bullied or abused. Then I might turn blazing red and bare my teeth! LOL 🤣

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