Unless – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” Leonard Cohen


The irony of seeking that which cannot be,
even when we know full well there is not
even the remotest possibility of success,
and still we pursue the end of the rainbow
in the forlorn addicted hope we could be wrong.
But there is no relief in this whirlwind of
desperation where missing the mark is
inevitable and perfection is a pointless fantasy,
a ghost of some miserable future,
unless we refuse to play it that way.

Copyright 2023 ©️Paul Vincent Cannon
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20 responses to “Unless – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Philosophical and beautiful

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  2. GREAT ENDING!!! 🍹💖✨

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  3. I think the pursuit of perfection in artistic endeavors can lead to satisfying results, even knowing that perfection is unattainable. In other areas of life striving for what you can’t have leads to disappointment, anger, and misery.

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  4. Love that ending – so optimistic.

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  5. A wonderful poem with a clever ending. Love the Leonard Cohen line, one of my favourites of his. Now there is a man who was searching, I’m not sure if he ever found what he was looking for.

    You’re right about being damned if you do and damned if you don’t; I feel most content when I don’t search/strive for anything, yet I grow the most when I search and strive! 🙈

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  6. I think it’s because we desperately want to see something change.

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  7. lync56

    Interesting twist at the end



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