Wondering – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“Existence is a series of footnotes to a vast, obscure, unfinished masterpiece.” Vladimir Nabokov


In my youth I always sensed 
a long tomorrow
always arriving
with plenty of time
for all I needed.

These days my tomorrows
are arriving loaded,
and burdened with
bear traps of yesterday's
unfinished business;

leaving me to ponder
the moment of my departure
from all my tomorrows,
what might remain
tantalisingly unfinished?

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57 responses to “Wondering – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. So true, Paul! The older we get, the more we lack the time for things that we had not even considered.I wish you a nice weekend! xx Michael

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  2. VJ

    Yep, I feel it too.

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  3. Ah, yes the joys (?) of ageing. At 81, I know them all too well. The cracking bones, the swollen knees, the unsightly knuckles … I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m hoping for all those many tomorrows you wrote of so beautifully.

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  4. It seems to me that death must always find us saying, “Oh, but I’m still in the middle of…”

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  5. ~just a thought

    Well done, love the positive uptick at the end: the coming spring should be so beautiful…

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  6. Love the Nabakov quote and have your same wonderings…

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  7. I’m still coming to grips with not being immortal.

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  8. and now our tomorrows are here! 💞

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  9. Love this part specially: burdened with
    bear traps of yesterday’s
    unfinished business;

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  10. It is hard to imagine that, at any time, I could disappear from here and be somewhere, different. I guess, when it happens, it won’t matter what hasn’t been done.

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  11. “Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow creeps in this petty pace from day to day…”

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  12. Paul ~ you’ve done it again. This is so beautifully and truthfully written…


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  13. Funny how your perspective changes as you age…or maybe not funny. Expected, necessary.

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  14. I would find it immensely sad if I left this world with nothing left unfinished…

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  15. Wonderful. Its interesting how we suddenly find ourselves dealing with “bear traps of yesterday’s unfinished business”. We sail along like our tomorrows are endless…..until they’re not.

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  16. Unfinished business? Or perhaps part of a greater whole that we don’t yet recognize.

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  17. sanaarizvi

    Tomorrow is beckoning for sure! This is exquisitely woven, dear Paul! Here’s hoping February is kind to us. ❤️❤️

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  18. I hope that hope is coming true. Thank you very much for your comment Sanaa


  19. lync56

    Sobering – but great reflective poem



  20. prolificwritersacademy

    Lovely! Mind checking out my blog?

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