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I Am Invited – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse – Poetics – Your Majesty

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Photo: looking out across the breakaway at Jindalee into the Victoria Desert.

 

“Words are the fallen ruins of silent majesty.”  Bryant McGill

 

I Am Invited

To think that the horizon is not of my doing,
an expansive ocular trove
kaleidoscoping emotions that
leave me sighing and faint,
as yet an inescapable addiction
for a mind enamoured with
a living beauty that speaks
in slant of cruciforms and
sunsets watercolour bleeding
that is so sweet to taste
more than fruit to my wonder vine,
I am undiminished
though simply an observer of
this vast raw beauty
tucked in the bottom left corner
of this living majesty
to which I am invited.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

Paul, pvcann.com

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The Process – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

5 Lines – Discovery

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“Painting is not for me either decorative amusement, or the plastic invention of felt reality; it must be every time: invention, discovery, revelation.”  Max Ernst

 

The Process

The giant bird and I became friends
though sometimes she left me alone far
from home and, no matter my peregrinations,
I was always only ever myself, discovery
was never the end it was the process.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

Paul, pvcann.com

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It Is My Beginning – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

VJs Weekly Challenge – Sky

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“The sky is not my limit … I am.”  T.F. Hodge

It Is My Beginning

Do fish ever worry about getting wet,
are we ever aware that the sky
touches our toes and that
on dark days
the cloud is simply that we
have forgotten that our feet
share the space with
all of nature
being coloured and gendered
utterly free,
cladding me,
welcoming my every breath,
waking and sleeping me,
inspiring and opening me,
the sky’s no limit at all,
it is but my beginning
a space we breathe
ourselves together.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

Paul, pvcann.com

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And Not See – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

RDP – Monday – Elusive

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“In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.”  Gandhi

And Not See

I wanted to write that one thing
something from deep inside
with such clarity
nothing could elude
and incisive revelation
of my true self,
undefended,
raw and whole,
beyond shame
without fear,
but the deeper I dug
the more I held close,
for even in the desire
I was unwilling to face
those depths,
which goes to show
that you can shine a light
down long dark hallways,
and not want to see.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

Paul, pvcann.com

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How Little – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“Half the confusion in the world comes from not knowing how little we need.”  Richard E. Byrd

How Little

When the shadow takes all
we lose our deep, inner sight
and chaos presents
so beautifully as need,
as urgency,
wrapped and double wrapped
all shiny and shouting,
like sirens calling us onto the
rocks unaware,
how little we know ourselves,
and how little we really need.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

Paul, pvcann.com

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Gifted – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse Poets – Open Link Night

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“Hope is a helium balloon. It is a wish lantern set out into the dark sky of night.”  Sharon Weil

 

Gifted

I want to laugh
as infectious giggles fill the air
a family,
its youngest gifted a balloon,
so enthralled, excited
running carefree,
trusting, or was it forgetting
with a letting go
just to see it floating,
the child was sad and crying,
but I really understood that balloon,
and I held it in my heart
gifted by its freedom.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

Paul, pvcann.com

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The Real Food – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse Poets – Poetics – Food

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“I’ve begun to realise that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all of its own.”  Chaim Potok

 

The Real Food

Such a sumptuous feast
with food to die for,
true nurture for the body
is gift too for the soul,
inseparable elements,
but, even so
the real food that nurtures
is quite something else,
the presence of absence,
a stillness of silence
an inactive being
that enables me whole.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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Only Sleep Redeems – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside awakes.”  Carl Jung

 

 

Only Sleep Redeems

The night settles like velvet chocolate
smooth, blanketing my soul with a warmth
that curves my vision
where I am one, even
as the skeletons of life arise
and rattle my sense
of times past,
a purgative review of
exasperated possibilities that
were hard to grasp and which
only sleep redeems,
seeking transformation
for a new day.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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Lived – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse Poets – Quadrille

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“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”  Douglas Adams

Lived

I have a memory
of something of a start
collected in the eras
of my many beginnings,
of a long gestated spark
that torched a path,
and, as I look back
I see the embers glowing,
though time is
now extinguishing
my lived meaning.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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That Feeling – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse Poets – Open Link Night

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“Let a thousand wrangling desires become one love.”  Rumi

That Feeling

That feeling
when the days run to sighing
and longing
because you sense
there is something more,
and sitting,
but not wanting to, rather
desiring to take to the ramparts
of the moment and fully possess them,
to pluck out meaning
and make sense of the world
as if to clear the rain drops from
a window and see
what you have always seen
for the first time,
and know it like an old friend.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

Paul, pvcann.com

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