In My Springtime – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Grace is hosting Meeting the Bar with an invitation to write a poem in the Zen style. For more detail and examples please follow the link below.

dVerse Poets – MTB – Zen Poetry

“When the body and mind are at peace, all things appear as they are: perfect, complete, lacking nothing.” Dogen

In My Springtime

I saw a road and 
I set out on its journey,
seeking the songs of magpies,
a spring soliloquy of life.

In the walking
the road was not a road,
the journey was not a journey,
there were no songs of magpies.

A little further and
the road was a road again,
the journey was mine and I 
began to understand the songs of magpies.

Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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28 responses to “In My Springtime – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. There was a singing contest between the Pierides and the Muses, which the Muses won and then they turned the Pierides into magpies, so they would not dare to ever be so insolent bragging that they could sing better, and they were forced to live out their lives as chattering birds.

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  2. I love this poem!! It’s perfectly symmetrical, conveying a vary satisfying feeling.

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  3. I love how you journeyed through this and the understanding of the songs of magpies ❤

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  4. Rob Kistner

    I love the way this piece winds through itself Paul, very captivating. Have a great holiday and see you next year my friend.

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  5. I like your journey of discovery. If you’ve found a singing magpie, I’d love to hear it 🙂 Ours have terrible voices.

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  6. This does have a zen feel as the journey is a journey within itself. There is a sense of a deeper consciousness. The song is there for the ear that hears the magic.

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  7. What a beautiful lesson in the journey of life, written so simply yet so powerfully with the imagery of songs of the magpies. Happy Holidays ! Happy New Year!

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  8. We might be lost sometimes but if we keep walking the road will find us again

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  9. The journey really is the thing!

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  10. lync56

    Wow that is deep and beautiful



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