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That Point – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse Poets – Open Link Night

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Art: Henri Rosseau 1840 – 1910. Post Impressionism. ‘The Sleeping Gypsy’ 1897.

 

 

That Point

That point when all has fallen away
when darkness has become a shroud on
which the psychedelia of dreamland
can majestically paint all that is
the technicolour stereopticon of
surreal unconscious lunar tides
on which I rise and fall,
just as breathing
so as dreaming,
until irruption rends and
registers other, lesser worlds
leaving disorientation in its wake
with the sorrow of leaving,
no going back
not wanting to go forward,
arrested state,
so as sleeping,
so as life.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

 

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The Lines They See – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Anomaly – VJs Weekly Challenge

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The Lines They See

I leaned against a friend the other day,
they shook their leaves in welcome
though it may have been the breeze,
and we looked out at all before us and
noticed how people seemed to love
variety and creativity,
yet lived stultified in a gridded lock
like a mangled paste tube
all squeezed out,
with nothing left but
lines to follow in fruitless purchase
of who knows what,
frowning on those who live outside
the lines they see,
not realising that the
irregularities they fear to indulge
are in truth,
the very life that nurtures.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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Surrender – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Friday Fun – Waves

Video taken July 2018 at Redgate Beach, Western Australia. It was so windy I was having trouble balancing as testified by the camera wobble. As I pan to the left, what should be open sandy beach is awash with waves and sand loss. It has been stormy here again this week as autumn gives way to winter once again.

 

Surrender

The old engine is thrumming again,
nature’s pistons pounding the beach,
sand ever giving way,
what other choice could there be
in the face of such force?
Resistance?
Or surrender
and be one with all,
either way is death,
but only one is enlightening.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

 

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The Real Life – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Following – Word of the Day

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“But by the time you’ve worked long enough, hard enough, Real Life (which insists on being capitalised as if it were a personage with a proper name and a right to barge into this rental unit called your life) begins to reveal itself as something other than effort, other than accomplishment. Real Life wishes to be left to its own purposeless devices.”  Patricia Hampl  ‘The Art Of The Wasted Day’

 

The Real Life

I set a course some moons ago,
plains of windmill grass and dianellas
were simple pleasures,
creeks with flooded gums along blue grass banks and
granite outcrops boasting ghost gums pleased the eye
as much a solace as any company of kind,
while the hills challenged my humble frame,
just as human contact did at every turn
and over time I lost my way
as other, lesser things, intruded.
One day I heard the kookaburras laugh
and I took it personally,
what a fool this way travels they sang,
chastened, I quelled my madding mind,
and reset my compass heart
for deviations, tangents,
the real life.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

 

Paul, pvcann.com

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What Is Revealed? – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

What Do You see?

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Image provided by Willow Poetry

 

What Is Revealed?

To see it sitting on the table,
to savour and
meditate upon this mystery
which might
or might not be gift,
to interrogate myself
as to my mood
or what it is that I bring
to this moment of truth
that might determine
not what is inside it,
but rather,
in the opening,
what is revealed in me.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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Knows – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

View – RDP Saturday

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Knows

Noetic panoramas,
heart speaking into mind,
feeling the way,
sensing,
believing,
wanting,
but never capturing
the fulness,
merely tasting the
way through
this latticed life,
with a glimpse today
momentarily held,
as the eye,
ever enchanted
by the angles,
knows and unknows
the why.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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I Dare – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse Poets – Open Link Night

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I Dare

To close the door
I close myself,
hinged on a thin
premise of protection
against your congealed words,
While yet sowing
Seeds of destruction,
Calloused,
ridged against
the pain,
and shutting out the world,
but the pain lingers,
festers,
until once again
I dare to open that door,
and so, to open myself.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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Spacious – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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Spacious

I once caught fire with indignation
why me?
I sweat some thoughts
with mangled mind
but nothing changed,
my mind a cinema
of replayed plots and plans,
and when I finally did let go
what once seemed weak
now felt strong
a paradox of vision,
acceptance is a messy game
both simple and complex
and yet
perceived,
the losers prize
now a brave new world
so spacious I can breathe.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

 

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Yet No – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Sanctuary – Word of the Day

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Photo: Ormiston Gorge, West MacDonnell Ranges, NT.

Yet No

Calm, bucolic smells waft along the warming air
as birds flit and flurry in the vapoured light,
sandstone stout and stoic
holds water
better than any argument,
so quiet this pastorale
a place of beauty and refuge
midst the maddening world,
yet no true sanctuary
without you.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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Redeemed – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Ekphrastic Poems – dVerse Poets – Mary Frances

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Art Work: Mary Frances via dVerse Poets.

 

Redeemed

A road of bones
this skull and leaves
dry and brittle under foot,
yet life appears
summoned from beyond,
caring not for our trivial days,
you bring a message of repair
to less despair of dying trees,
as you lie in state
amidst their aged fruit,
to look to better days
of green and life,
but you care not to stay
you’ve said your piece,
and so you fade before me,
amidst that tragic fruit,
redeemed.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

 

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