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Red Line – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse Poets – Poetics – Seeing Red

Sarah at dVerse has invited us to write a poem about the colour red.

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“If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you will never change the outcome.”  Michael Jordan

Red Line

She wasn’t sure why
red had always unsettled her
in ways she couldn’t quite speak,
though she knew an answer
lurked deep within,
she put the book down
and occupied the window,
distracted, sighing,
trying to locate her feelings
which the red line had evoked,
a teacherly line,
forbidding, shaming,
a smallness crept in,
she felt it in her skin,
exposed to the world again.
A bird lighted on the sill,
now engrossed,
undone,
she left red
for another day.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

Paul, pvcann.com

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Birthed By Silence – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse Poets – Poetics – Now I Can See

Mish at dVerse has invited us to consider – what do you see? in relation to the world and our experience as we find it right now.

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Photo: canberratimes.com – supermarket shelves after panic buying. It seems to me that corvid-19 is a killer, but it not only kills the body, it kills our very soul.

 

“Be confidently assured that any gods we build will always have voracious appetites, and sooner or later they will gorge themselves on that which built them.”  Craig D. Lounsbrough

Birthed By Silence

A darkness creased the brow of Eden,
and pathos sang dirges as
questions came begging,
had we cast the god of this age
on that rude altar of fantasy?
A natal faith so naive
its store the rhetoric of largess.
What shall I call it?
What can I call it?
A sacrifice of truth?
But I digress, and
returning to the roots
of the crisis I wondered,
do we only ask important
questions when tragedy strikes?
A silence waits patiently in answer,
and I know that wise words are
birthed by silence.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

Paul, pvcann.com

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For A Rainy Day – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

VJs Weekly Challenge – Imaginary

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“The real world is much smaller than the imaginary one.”  Friedrich Nietzsche

For A Rainy Day

I bought an imaginary
just the other day,
took it home and
kept in its box
for a rainy day,
I peeked,
watching it glow
as it beat like a heart
of swirling colour,
then today I set it free
ending the darkness.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

Paul, pvcann.com

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Hope – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“Hope is passion for what is possible.”  Soren Kierkegaard

Hope

Those days, when life seems
constrained somehow
to small spaces of feeling
in the midst of the hurried
affairs of feet rushing past,
in my waiting,
in my knowing,
audacious confidence
burns into my skin as
my words come back to me,
that hope comes from struggle.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

Paul, pvcann.com

 

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The Mystery – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“life is the first gift, love is the second, and understanding the third.”  Marge Piercy

The Mystery

I want to understand,
to embrace the mystery of
the soil in which life grows,
to understand the weightlessness
of the fruit of this tree,
the fleeting hours of its
gentle opening to the world,
and strange scenes which
humiliate proud minds,
or even just the moment
of discovering the empty
birds nest, regretting
my lateness.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

Paul, pvcann.com

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Paying Attention – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse Poets – Open Link Night

Grace at dVerse is hosting Open Link Night, the night we contribute a poem without a prompt.

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Photo: Lake Ballard, near Menzies

“I dwell in possibility.”  Emily Dickinson

Paying Attention

In the midst of hostility
where the dry arid ground
desired to earth my bones
and break my roots,
there I conquered my fear,
that petty thief,
taking shelter in myself,
living into the
trace of thoughts embodied
in my ordeal of solitude,
paying attention to the
emerging, shimmering, horizon,
beckoning,
smiling.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

Paul, pvcann.com

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Facing – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Word of the Day – Quietus

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“Life is a gamble at terrible odds – if it was a bet, you wouldn’t take it.”  Tom Stoppard

Facing

I saw you in the corners of my life,
you were always there,
uninvited you came
offering perverse intimacy
I could not resist
only indulge,
you always smiled,
and when you held me close
I feared you less,
accepting the quietus
from which love
draws strength.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

Paul, pvcann.com

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Captive To A Dream – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

VJs Weekly Challenge – Morning

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Photo: Looking out from the lake to South Bunbury and the morning rise.

 

“This is a wonderful day, I have never seen this one before.”  Maya Angelou

Captive To A Dream

Morning arrived,
I’m not sure how,
it evolved as an interruption
of which I was ambivalent,
I was captive to a dream,
yet I wanted to rise to the day,
but, I wanted to sleep
and I wanted this dream
through which I could see myself,
could see the world where I
understood that I did not understand.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

Paul, pvcann.com

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There’s No Quelling – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“If you wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.”  Toni Morrison (Song of Solomon)

 

There’s No Quelling

Thoughts lingered for a season
of so much more unseen,
an inkling of expanding,
swirling, caramel cosmology
for an ice cream world,
liberating wafer-thin
vanilla ideologies of dullness
brandished to quell the
embers of a wild, wild heart;
no more this cell or bars.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

Paul, pvcann.com

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Petit Coin (small corner) – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse Poets – Open Link Night

Grace at dVerse is hosting Open Link Night – a night to post a poem of your own choosing.

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“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.”  Aldous Huxley

 

Petit Coin (small corner)

I wanted a corner just for myself,
a grammar of sanctuary
giving rise to a language of
resistance to the noise
that has become the world
building a rough nest
in the habitation
where my soul once played
out epiphanies of great joy,
just a small corner of repose
that I might re-member myself.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

Paul, pvcann.com

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