To Minna – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Lillian is hosting Open Link Night – the night we choose a poem to post. Lillian has dedicated this OLN to the late Glen Butkus a friend of many at dVerse. If you knew, or even if you didn’t know Glen, there is more information about his work, some examples of his poetry and a link to his work when you follow the link below.

dVerse Poets – OLN – An OLN Memoriam to Glenn Butkus

“Dying is an art, like everything else.” Sylvia Plath

To Minna

I gather that this may well
be our last correspondence,
I'm sorry to leaden this moment
with such a feel of finality,
but you have been so free to say
(which is true of you)
that you are on your way,
and you have been telling us all
for quite some time now,
that this moment would arrive,
sooner than we'd like and 
probably when we're all in the 
middle of something busy,
and here it is,
and here you are,
and there you will be.

Godspeed my Dear Friend,
Until ....

Copyright 2023 ©️Paul Vincent Cannon
All Rights Reserved ®️ 


Filed under awareness, death, Epistle, epistolary, poem, quote

29 responses to “To Minna – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. scotthastiepoet

    Beautifully tender Paul. You capture the emotion here in a simple, elegant and understated way… I’ll be back for more…

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  2. A wonderful tribute to Glenn….starting with a quotation, which was a part of his style. And the words….and the idea that he was telling us about this, thinking about this, as is evident in the poems quoted on the dVerse OLN page. Thank you for this, Paul.

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  3. lync56

    What a beautifully emotional poem – brought me to tears – I will miss her too


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  4. Rob Kistner

    Glenn was a special force unto himself — strong, raw yet refined, unfiltered, real, and wholly irreplaceable. I truly feel the chasm he has left. Certainly I, and I believe dVerse as well, will be less without his unique view of the world. Won’t be quite the same again. Glenn was a thinker, and poet with his own unique voice. And he was my fellow traveler for many years. I feel the ache.

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  5. Wonderful. Sorry for your loss.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. And so it is. Still its a blessing to tell others that you will soon be on your way. A lovely share Paul, thanks!

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  7. It is for all that are left behind to deal with this parting.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. sanaarizvi

    This is so moving! I can feel the ache in your words, Paul!

    Liked by 1 person

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