Let The Real Surface – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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Image: ‘this-one-2’ by Eric Johansson https://www.erikjo.com/work

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life, and you will call it fate.” Carl Jung

Let The Real Surface

Not everything is obvious,
mostly we ignore the shadow play,
we sublimate while submerging
all sense of what nips at our heels,
waving while we are silently drowning
in that which is buried deep within,
our front is very fetching, so acceptable,
yet all the while it is so volatile, 
and at the same, it is unreal,
though we dare not admit this
for fear of implosion,
there are glimpses in moments
of vulnerable reflection,
slivers of opportunity to
reverse the grip we hold so tightly,
glimpses easily dismissed if glossed,
in letting go, the real surfaces.

Copyright 2023 ©️Paul Vincent Cannon
All Rights Reserved ®️


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29 responses to “Let The Real Surface – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I like where you took this, using the Jung quote with the image.

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  2. “for fear of implosion” I like the sentiment here. xo Great words throughout. xoxo

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  3. These are beautiful and profound words!

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  4. Excellent take on that image. I think dream analysis can be a way to do it.

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  5. Love: “we sublimate while submerging
    all sense of what nips at our heels,
    waving while we are silently drowning”

    Now I wave while doggie paddling, and sometimes taking breaks to thrash about the water.🤣

    Comforting to know others understand those glimpses. The last line is amazing.

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  6. I love this. So perceptive and enlightening. I agree that we cover the “real” so cleverly. Sometimes I imagine a world where we all let go of the “gloss”. Thought-provoking, Paul and it really brought a voice to the image.

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  7. Your poem reminds me of late-night Jungian conversations with my dad.

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  8. The image looks, at first, so serene; I had to look at it upside down to get the real gist of it, which you have conveyed in your poem, Paul. I love the title and the lines, especially the nod to Stevie Smith:
    ‘we sublimate while submerging
    all sense of what nips at our heels,
    waving while we are silently drowning’.

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  9. A very insightful and meaningful response. We shouldn’t easily dismiss these inner thoughts, because the external and what we see out there may not be the reality. See out that vulnerable reflections.

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  10. Just beautiful 💕💕


  11. We let go of those ‘ slivers of opportunity’ so easily..


  12. That last line says it all, Paul! Beautiful piece!

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