Of All The Shoulds – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Lillian is hosting Poetics with an invitation to choose one of five artworks by Thorvald Hellesen.

dVerse Poets – Poetics – An Artist Gets His Due

“Portrait of Halvor John Schou” 1911, by Thorvald Helessen.

“From the point of view of the meditative traditions the entire society is suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.” Jon Kabat-Zinn

Of All The Shoulds

I’m not often still,

to sit quietly is to gather a storm,

unrelenting thoughts that swirl,

competing for my mind,

if I sit here too long I shall lose the

thread of it all to atrophy;

why am I here,

the ledger is incomplete

ships are unloading,

stock must be ordered ,

and yet here I am,


wasting time,

I might even come to love it.

Copyright 2023 ©️Paul Vincent Cannon
All Rights Reserved ®️


Filed under Free Verse, life, poem, quote

22 responses to “Of All The Shoulds – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. That’s one beautiful piece of work and the subject is certainly lost in thought. Good characterization of Mr. Schou. I did Mrs. Schou’s portrait.

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  2. I think you described time well spent. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Not to be irreverent, but the painting and the poem together remind me of Mr. Listless in Thomas Peacock’s Nightmare Abbey.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. lync56

    Sounds more like me



  5. That is nice and I think in almost similar circumstances, many of us would love to waste a little time 🙂 To sit and dream.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Amy

    Hope you’ll like it. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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