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The Stories I keep – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: a section of Lesmurdie Brook, Mundy Regional Park

“Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.” Lao Tzu

The Stories I Keep

My long, ancient back is weathered by
nature's elements, my dermis swept 
on downwards, the calligraphy of pocks 
and fissures written by water in cursive
smoothing my skin, the scars I hold 
are assuaged by the cool flow washing 
over the stories I keep of tortoise and 
dragonfly, thornbills and fantails and,
if you listen closely, you might hear your
own whispered softly through the 
sheoaks. 



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Beyond – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: Looking east, out over the Blackwood River at a glorious dawn.

“What is the good of your stars and trees, your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives?” E.M. Forster

Beyond

Sometimes words cannot speak,
and only sounds unformed will
come, followed by a silence that
speaks loudly through the eyes of
something beyond the constraints
of beauty, pointing past the moment,
to beyond the veil of time, to life in
all its fragility reaching out to us
with an ecstasy of awe.

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The One Shore Thing – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: mollusk shells at Skippy Rock, Augusta

“To find a seashell is to discover a world of imagination.” Michelle Held

The One Shore Thing

I cling to rock as
to precarious life,
keeping my balance,
holding the ocean inside,
ever self-sufficient in the
salted tides of existence,
a veteran of wind and wave,
I'm the one shore thing to 
be here in all the tomorrows
of gulls and snapper, carrying
the same four walls I was born 
with, ever expanding, just like 
my sense of the world around 
me, that I'm living in a great
adventure one scrape at a time.


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Connection – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: Paperbarks (Melaleuca) River Walk, Blackwood River, Augusta.

“To halt the decline of an ecosystem, it is necessary to think like an ecosystem.” Douglas P. Wheeler

Connection

The eye at a distance sees little,
but to be curious, to come closer,
to unfold your tender skin is to smile
as I see the night ant hiding, to be 
surprised as the well disguised moth
seeks escape in a flutter and a
running spider hastens away, always
on the prowl, while nearby, a banksia 
bee hovers quietly, then carefully I 
fold you back and walk on, taking 
you with me, noticing the difference  
in my step, and the wonder that has
captured me.


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Close By – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: Cape to Cape trail just south of Ellensbrook

“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary.” Rachel Carson

Close By

I saw you once,
in that far off place of my youth,
where I felt I knew you in my 
mother's shadow by the basilica,
but soon you faded like yellowing
wallpaper in a dark back room,
and then you were gone and I was
unanchored in the storms as I 
searched museums and breviaries,
only to find you close by, hidden
in dragonflies and thistles down
uneven tracks, alongside 
decomposing logs where
wattles breathe gladness.


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Healing – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: a section of jarrah forest post controlled burn in the Beelu National, Park Mundaring.

Since the 2019/2020 national fire disaster debate has focussed on a number of positive possibilities for better fire control, especially Indigenous Cultural Fire methods which are cool fires. One of the beliefs around Cultural Fire is its capacity to be a healing process, much like the North American Indigenous belief that fire is healing.

“Cultural fire means everything. It means healing Country and when you heal Country you heal people.” Wurundjeri Elder – Dave Wandin

Healing

Blackened trunks of last year's controlled burn,
the ravages of heat intense to the sensitive eye,
some have fallen while others are resisting change,

∼ some have survived to show the tale of life ∽

Of fragile, selfless community transforming together,
how green vibrantly shines and wouldn't be the same
without the healing narrative of blackened trunks.


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Where The Water Caught Fire – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: section of the Cape to Cape Walk, Mokidup.

“The learned who can explain the meaning of truth are not found everywhere.” Nagarjuna

Where The Water Caught Fire

The one way,
where dual binaries easily slip away
unnoticed by the focussed heart,
who looks for the now of now,
an ecstasy of the soft underfoot,
the heathed path shadowed by 
clouded greys above my thoughts
of encompassing all that is,
because it is, and embody the 
feelings that wash over me as
words choke and desire wants to
shout in this moment of encounter
at this still point of interdependence,
in the very place where the water 
caught fire and I became.

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Poured Out – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Video: The flow of the brook – Ellensbrook – as it enters the sea.


“Resistance to change is always the biggest obstacle.” Chris Paine

Poured Out 

I am poured out,
the lesser into the greater,
past the static and the solid
intrusions of the corners of 
my life that sit so comfortably 
in my way, but I go around the
irrepressible moments that 
seek an ending, and surge 
on into the unspoken dream,
that beckons more.

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Shaped By The Sea – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: Segment of the dunes where Elllensbrook meets the Indian Ocean.

“Looking at beauty in the world, is the first step of purifying the mind.” Amit Ray

Shaped By The Sea

Naked you are upon this open shore,
exposed as honest cracks and crags,
a weary bulwark against the mighty sea,

∽ even so, what rugged beauty emanates ∼

from this garden shaped by the sea,
sparse and roughly tendered delight,
perfectly textured for all to see.


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Invited Here – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Video: predominantly Sheoak (Allocausuarina) section at Paull’s Valley, several birds calling out.


“Birds are a miracle because they prove to us there is a finer, simpler state of being which we may strive to attain.” Doug Coupland

Invited Here

Ornithic conversations float 
through and gently interrupt the
otherwise prophetic silence of 
the sheoak grove whose carpets
hush every footfall and falling leaf,
so that the oratorio is central to
all who are adopted, invited here
as kin for just this one divine
moment of meaning being sung 
back to us.

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