There’s A Certain Bliss In Losing Time – Prosery by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Lisa is hosting Prosery (144 words of prose) with an invitation to use the line “On this day, without a date, on a back street, dusky” from the poem ‘My Friend Someone’ by Charles Simic.

dVerse Poets – Prosery – Charles Simic: Finding Our Pack

Photo: Taking a slow walk in the State Forest at Kirrup.

“People create all kind of fancy watches and clocks, never stopping to realise that they’re building monuments to the greatest of all thieves.” K. Martin Beckner

There’s A Certain Bliss In Losing Time

Some time ago, over three thousand years, give or take, Joshua claimed that God stopped time. I’m really not bothered whether or not that’s true. I’m captivated by the possibility. I have days where I’d really like to stop time so that there is nothing. I don’t want for something, I want for nothing. There’s a certain bliss in losing time, especially when even self is forgotten and, no one, no thing intrudes, not even myself. The bliss is accentuated in knowing I could stay there or, I could come back at any second, after all, nothing is a choice. Propinquity, that’s the thing, being close to stopping time.

Joshua also claimed that when God stopped time, a whole day was lost. Lost days have no name, no date, so on this day, without a date, on a back street, dusky, I walk into nothing.

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43 responses to “There’s A Certain Bliss In Losing Time – Prosery by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. God never stopped time; He made the Sun stand still in the sky giving Joshua more time to catch up with the men he was pursuing. This story is very hard to believe, but God was a lot different back then.

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  2. I love your opening quote, Paul. Indeed! I also like where you took yourself and then shared where it took you ❤

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  3. Amy

    “There’s a certain bliss In losing time”– thak you for sharing your thoughts.

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  4. An interesting concept, Paul. I like your thoughts here. I guess time will stop when the heart stops ticking.

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  5. A thought-provoking prosery. Losing awareness of time is a blissful state, yet afterwards, time storms in with a vengeance.

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  6. The Mayan long-count calendar (they lived by seven of them, even the simplest of which was to our current uniformly blocked rectangles as a doctoral dissertation is to fingerprinting) contained a “day out of time.”

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  7. I love the concept of manipulating time,


    “no one, no thing intrudes, not even myself”

    Stopping time and stilling self.🤯

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  8. Deep .. fascinating prose! Cheers.

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