Echidna Days – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Lisa is hosting Poetics with an invitation to write a poem about an animal; about humans who exhibit animal characteristics; or create your own myth or fable about an animal. For more details follow the link below:

dVerse Poets – Poetics – Menagerie

Video: an echidna beginning to bury itself, we had seen it on the side of the road and when we approached it took evasive action, they are particularly shy.

“Few of us are satisfied with retreating from the world and just working on ourselves.” Pema Chodron

Echidna Days

Some days are echidna days
when pointy quills are insufficient 
to hold back the tide of overwhelming pain,
the rush of the world unedited into
my soft hearted veins of love,
so much easier to dig into the hollow,
down, down into the cave of comfort,
to bury myself against the unholy monologue 
of misery that desires to possess me,
no bell, book, or candle can beat
this reliquary of sainthood.

Copyright 2023 ©️Paul Vincent Cannon
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Filed under bush walking, Free Verse, nature, poem, quote

21 responses to “Echidna Days – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. It’s so beautiful and also heart touching. Best wishes, Michael

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  2. In an era of cowardice and the cruelty it causes, solitude is the only haven.


  3. A really cute looking fellow.


  4. sanaarizvi

    This is incredibly deep and moving, Paul!! 💖💖


  5. Paul, “echidna days”what a perfect name for those days. “Reliquary of sainthood” wonderful line. I can see why the little critter digs into that rich red soil instead of being overwhelmed with a steady stream of traffic of those invading their space. Cool video. The echidna looks like a tribble there 🙂

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  6. I feel that I would like to dig into the ground myself.

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  7. I’m with Friend Echidna, I’m afraid.


  8. You had me with the first line! Loved this!


  9. lync56

    I love this poem – I love this imagery – it tells my story



  10. This video and poem are superb, Paul! How painful to be as shy as an echidna! ❤

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  11. I love this, Paul, especially the lines:
    ‘… pointy quills are insufficient
    to hold back the tide of overwhelming pain’
    ‘my soft hearted veins of love,
    so much easier to dig into the hollow’.
    I often feel like that!

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