Category Archives: poetry

Right Now – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Laura is hosting Meeting the Bar with an invitation to write a poem using the first line of the first poem for each month of 2022 (found poetry or found lines).

dVerse Poets – MTB – Finding It First

Right Now

Sun heats the earth,
hitchcockian howl growl winds push water into
thunderous demolition of delicate sands,
it wasn't sudden by any means.

I want to sit in the light,
sometimes we are like an overflowing glass;
the road behind has been and is no more.

To feel complete detachment
my friend's father took us fishing one night,
I watched him for a while.

If you drift,
do you speak with your voice?

Copyright 2023 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
All Rights Reserved ®️ 

Line Links:

Line one - Journey to Celebration
Line two - The Unfolding
Line three - No Bluff On The Knoll
Line four - Everything
Line five - The Paradox
Line six     The Real Journey
Line seven -  Nothing Should Own Us
Line eight  -  Beware The Hooks
Line nine  - Just Stop
Line 10 -  Those Coral Crowns
Line 11 - Not Alone
Line 12 -  From The Let Go


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Fearless Taletellers – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Grace is hosting Poetry Form with an invitation to write a poem with Mongolian Meter – a poem that is head rhymed, any number of stanzas, syllabic – seven or eight. For more information follow the link below.

dVerse Poets – Poetry Form – Traditional Mongolian Meter


“The engineers of the future will be poets.” Terence McKenna

Fearless Taletellers

Taleteller breathing pages,
taking words and weaving story,
telling meaning so creatively,
talking with living metaphors.

Fearless alchemists of feeling,
faint not the hearted of those myths
forged slow with melded elements
found in glades of gladdening.

Happy those without cabalism,
heretics of love and desire
honouring our narratives,
honed in despair and struggle.

lost in gratitudes beyond,
lifting to the highest heaven
leaven of many sacred souls,
listing toward the brave new truth.

Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
All Rights Reserved ®️ 


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Such Is The Nature Of This World – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: Brida-Starright

“Because sometimes people who seem good end up being not as good as you might have hoped for.” Jonathan Safran Foer

Such Is The Nature Of This World

Not in a sheet-metal way,
but every junta is happily
into the fabrications business,
catering mostly to the facade.
industry covering over non-conformist
tendencies, critical thinking,
avenues of expansive thought,
playing the bunting safe in mono,
such is the nature of this world,
there is always an abundance 
of mannequins, compliant, willing,
ready to dress themselves in 
manufactured patterns of 
something called truth.

Copyright 2021 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
All Rights Reserved ®


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The Baggage Handler – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo by cottonbro from Pexels

“We may define therapy as a search for value.” Abraham Maslow

The Baggage Handler

I paid her for the letting go,
those harboured thoughts
pushed down,
now surfacing again.

She listened from her somber chair
to my every grief,
her silent compassion
a soft incise carefully drawn.

My many wounds released,
those neatly folded feelings
that have travelled long within me,
she drew my truest sense of self.

Copyright 2021 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
All Rights Reserved ®


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The Anthropocene Hymnal

Edited by Ingrid Wilson and includes a host of well known writers, including yours truly, from WP available via Ingrid (PDF by donation – a WWF fundraiser) or on Amazon (Kindle or Paperback), Book Depository, or other.

Happy reading, Paul


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Another Me – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Word of the Day – Young




“It takes a long time to become young.”  Pablo Picasso


Another Me

In the mirror I am older now,
the taut youthful skin a little sallow,
and at times my body cries to slow,
but there is another me
who resides behind my eyes,
looking out on the world
as I have always done,
the young me
who lives past age.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



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Never – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Word of the Day – Vain




“War does not determine who is right – but only who is left.”  Bertrand Russell


Never have the vainglories of death
been so exposed as in the spectre of war
where truth is so relentlessly sucked dry
by the ghouls of righteous capital,
so cheaply purchased by the blood of innocents,
for those who would never near the fight
as to get their morals dirty
nor their boots,
they are the ones who would kill their own
for the sake of a few inches of sand
and forty pieces of silver.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



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Jumbled Life – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Jumble – RDP Monday Alice-Springs-1024x576.jpg



“The purpose – where I start –  is the idea of use. It is not recycling, it’s reuse.”  Issey Miyake

Jumbled Life

I went to the local op shop
to glimpse the passing of my life
in a multitude of styles and colours,
unboxed memories in
this museum of moments,
a house of bargains,
all recycled love
wondering where to home,
I took nothing tangible
but I left with joy
and the stirrings
of my childhood.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



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1000 – Thank You



Life is full of milestones. I began in 2013 on WordPress, but only in earnest in 2016. I returned to poetry in 2018 and have just completed 1 year of solid poetry blogging, which I’m really enjoying.

Many thanks to all of you who have taken time to read, and to those who have commented, it is so much easier to risk the words when others join the journey With you!





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Rouge Desire – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse Poets – Poetics – Alchemy with Laurie Lee


Photo: found on

“That first long secret drink of golden fire, juice of those valleys and of that time, wine of the wild orchards, of russet summer, of plump red apples, and Rosie’s burning cheeks. Never to be forgotten, or ever tasted again.”    ‘Cider With Rosie’ by Laurie Lee

The challenge by Laura Bloomsbury of dVerse Poets is to take a piece of prose by Laurie Lee and work it into a poem.


Rouge Desire

I drank of you that secret drink,
that juice of wild valleys
that moistened your ruby lips
of apple red seduction.

I sat with you in those russet hallways
of sun marked scapes of wonder,
and counted cotton candy clouds
that sugared us with joy.

Memories like clocks who ever know
how we loved each other like a
baroque lilting of romantic flow,
never scrumpy, always smooth as wine.

Your golden haired hypnotic dazzle
unforgettable in all eyes of seeing,
your fiery cheeks like rouge desire
for a love delighting in its time.

©Paul Vincent Cannon




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