The Hard Question – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die.” Friedrich Nietzsche

The Hard Question

Stories do expire,
we just cling to them long after
they'e ceased to have any relevance,
some stories inspire
with magic and intrigue,
offering possible futures 
others open heart and mind,
there are other stories which
hold us prisoner to yesterday.

With every step into a new day
we have need of new, grand ideas,
expansions of every horizon to
push us beyond the rut of the
comfortable coma we've 
induced ourselves into,
rather than find our points 
of departure from the histories
we've imagined and which hold us
shackled to the wall of our own making.

Now is the time to let the past go,
time to kill the images we have 
trusted and worshipped and 
ask the question of tomorrow,
Who am I really?

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28 responses to “The Hard Question – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Yikes.. hard advice to follow when writing a memoir, Paul, but perhaps writing is a method to accomplish exactly what you suggest!

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    • Actually, which great writer was it who said that we write about things best afterward, in serene contemplation upon them? Maybe it’s just the thing to create inner distance/perspective…

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  2. I am so glad I put my higher education administration narrative in the past.

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  3. Wow! 👌☺️
    We do so love to keep one another in these invisible cages, do we not?

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  4. I’d be tempted to say (to French politicians):
    You’re so busy deconstructing the past you can’t dream the future.

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  5. Wow! Yes, let go the past.

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  7. Definitely a hard question. It’s quite an adventure getting to the answer.🙂


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