Not So Nuanced – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Grace is hosting Poetry Form with an invitation to write a Quatern – a sixteen line French form of four quatrains. Each line has eight syllables and cab rhymed or not. There is a refrain which is the first line becoming, in succession, line two, then three then four in the remaining stanzas. For more detail follow the link below:

dVerse Poets – Poetry Form – Quatern

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“Individualism is a formidable lie.” Rene Girard

Not So Nuanced

Am I alone on this vast road
where others claim exclusive right,
the lie that you can't know my way 
and I couldn't possibly know yours?

Is our experience so nuanced?
Am I alone on this vast road
or do others feel what I feel
when treading the painful places?

It's true there's not one shade of blue,
even grey has a varied hue,
am I alone on this vast road,
can any one feel as I do?

Are we completely lost in self,
rejecting all experience?
Are we hermetically sealed?
Am I alone on this vast road?

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39 responses to “Not So Nuanced – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I don’t think you are.❤️

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  2. I am OK with being alone, as I find solitude enjoyable.

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  3. When confronted with any either-or proposition I first try the answer, “Both!” I find I have no problem at all applying it here.

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  4. I found the answer to the poem’s last line in poetry–and the answer is no.

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  5. I don’t think you are alone too. And I love that there are various shades of grey. Good question to ask Paul. Wishing you a good weekend.

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  6. Alone to All one is message of vast Road . Always open to all . love all . very nice post.

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  7. A question many ask (and some should).
    Thank goodness for all the many shades and hues.

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  8. That’s some question, Paul, and one that has been asked throughout history. I love the way you use colour to convey that we the same but different. I hope I’m not hermetically sealed!

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  9. I don’t think you are alone on that vast road – many travel that road of seeking. Yes, the world is full of various hues each beautiful in its own way. A contemplative poem for the day.

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  10. Cheers, Paul. Certainly got me contemplating!

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  11. Gillena Cox

    Dear Paul
    You are not alone.
    Enjoy your status. Its the only way to be.


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  12. Alas, I think we are alone in our own separate cages.

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  13. These words encourage deep thoughts. A nudge to look within while remembering the similarities we hold to those that surround us.

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  14. Frewin55

    Well the comments here certainly sort the glass half full from the glass half empty and in answer to your poetically posed question – I don’t like to think that way and having found my way to the bar for the first time – it seems we are not alone…

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