A Carving – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“The use of the right word, the exact word, is the difference between a pencil with a sharp point and a thick crayon.” Peter Marshall

A Carving

A carving,

flesh encrusted with memory

situated in its own jus,

now ready for dividing,

honing the knife,

for slender slicing,

no ragged thrust and pull here,

straight to the point,

but with great care,



preparing the angle,

watching the space,

steadying the fork,

laying the blade to thick skin,

ever placing my words,



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12 responses to “A Carving – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I really like the Peter Marshall quote.

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  2. An art I have notably never mastered. Mastered, gee, I never got out of Kindergarten! 🤐

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    • Methinks that’s not true, you know the words and how to place them 🙂

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      • Ya, when we go at the speed of writing and I’m sitting by myself and speaking to everybody in general…

        One on one, I’m overwhelmed by intuitive input, we’re going much faster, and I’m trying to balance this person’s needs and blockades with my own usually outrageously unusual message.

        Trust me, especially after two and a half years of nearly total isolation ~ and overcoming, as well, all the assumptions of unreasonability and skulduggery aroundmy social position of honest poverty ~ it’s a recipe for disaster, and I’m rarely even close to satisfied with my performance afterward.

        We all have areas of strength but that’s never been mine, and probably now never will be…

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      • At the very least you are aware of it, that’s a point of possibility 🙂

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  3. lync56

    Interesting twist


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  4. I love this analogy 🙂


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