An Ever Changing Past – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“The past is never where you think you left it.” Katherine Anne Porter

An Ever Changing Past

Have you noticed that memory is always now,
that the now that is now is not the now of today,
or the now of yesterday which is but a memory,
and let's not even consider the now of tomorrow,
for who knows what that will conjure,
but it will be a memory that is the past
in the present tomorrow,
the big question intrudes,
what is it that is memory?
Is it the present always making sense of 
an ever changing past?

Copyright 2023 ©️Paul Vincent Cannon
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Filed under Free Verse, life, mindfulness, poem, quote

27 responses to “An Ever Changing Past – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Haha, time and memory are both much more malleable than we’ve been generally supposing, aren’t they? ☺️

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  2. Deep thoughts and a beautiful poem! I also wonder what memory is like for God, who is outside of time? And what it will be like in heaven?

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  3. It is interesting how one incident is remembered by different people differently and our memories of the past do change 😊

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  4. Love that question at the end!

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  5. Paul, may I use a line from this poem for my poetics prompt?

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  6. I also agree to Ana’s comment! Thanks so much for this poem, Paul! Time to rethink some things. xx Michael

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  7. Our reality is very fluid, Paul, and this poem makes my head spin! Great take on memories and perceptions! ❤

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  8. Acceptance of change without intellectual attachment makes every thought a present.

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  9. Hi Paul! Grace here from dVerse. Can you please email me at ? I have a question for you. Thanks!

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