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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.



“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,
she left red
for another day.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



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A Peel To Life – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse Poets – Quadrille – Peeling

Mish at dVerse has invited us to write a quadrille (44 words) on the subject of peel.




“We are all engaged in the task of peeling off the false selves, the programmed selves, the selves created by our families, our culture, our religions.”  Anais Nin

A Peel To Life

Thin, worn metal strikes at flesh
seeking linear planes,
a redemption of flawed living,
smoothing the blemishes of
disappointment, the scratches
of indulgence so neatly scored,
circumcising the fibre of experience
for the juice of possibility,
sacrificial peeling to the
gods of new life.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



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The Greater Distance – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon


Art: Quint Buchholz – ‘Giacomonde – The Moon We walk’

“We are going to the moon that is not very far. Man (sic) has so much farther to go within himself.”  Anais Nin

The Greater Distance

What is a distance,
how is it measured,
in streams crossed
or in dreams?
But at least there I can
begin the journey proper
for which my body is willing,
a place where I can
take that leap of faith
into the unconscious.
I could reach the moon,
that part is so simple.
But can I reach into my
deepest self,
the hidden, denied part,
so cleverly recast
as the outer self,
a sweet deception,
a lie that must be unravelled,
the greater distance.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



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To The Centre – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse Poets – Open Link Night


Photo: Lemon Scented Gum, St. Mark’s Park, Bunbury

 “How can we know ourselves by ourselves? Soul needs intimate connection, not only to individuate, but simply to live. For this we need relationships of the profoundest kind through which we can realise ourselves where self-revelation is possible ….”   James Hillman

To The Centre

Beyond the face of it
time is best immersive,
taken slowly,
small steps, never strides,
a very small journey that is quite long
from the outer to the centre,
a lifetime more or less,
and the closer one draws
to that precious place
is to feel the layers peeling off
with a new vulnerability
open to the world
as the mask thins and
crumbles to the ground.

©Paul Vincent Cannon




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Contemplative Action – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

VJs Weekly Challenge – Action



“A person sees in the world what they carry in their heart.”  (adapted) Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Contemplative Action

The thought before the step,
seeing with the heart
while resting the mind,
standing, walking, sitting
with feelings that arise,
resisting pathologies,
those old avenues so familiar
that flow like winter rivers,
to burst that bubble and
dispel that echo,
to know the tender deep
intangible organic love
that awaits a birthing
as gift to the world,
in step.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



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Imprisoned In Freedom – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Word of the Day – Freedom




“I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth. Then I ask myself the same question.”  Harun Yahya

Imprisoned In Freedom

His mind obsessed with lines,
borders composed
by those vested in suits,
believing that one must follow
as blindly and silently as possible,
ideals of no value save but the
value of the power to be made to do so,
not knowing,
and yet truly knowing,
but rather, not wanting to know,
that there is no such power
other than that which the mind
plays on the conscience,
imprisoning the self in
the belief that this is freedom.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



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Silence Coming Back – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse Poets – Poetics – Echo

Merril at dVerse has invited us to use echo in a poem.


Photo: found on YouTube


“Life is an echo. What you send out comes back.”  Zig Zigglar


Silence Coming Back

I questioned the night and
the night questioned me,
as the question so the answer
faintly asked
faintly answered,
a familiar voice,
what of me,
what of night,
I sat in silence and pondered
a pondering ponder,
it was then I let go of myself
and found the answer
an echo of silence
coming back.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



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But I Rise – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

RDP Saturday – Punch




“Your success and happiness lies in you.”  Helen Keller

But I Rise

Nettled days
that catch me by,
while the air hems my lungs,
slows my purpose,
could burden
oppress and close me,
but I rise and I rise
and shake the unshakeable,
like a kookaburra,
as I punch a hole in the real
and I breathe again.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



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It Is In Loving – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse Poets – Polyptoton

At dVerse Poets Frank has invited us to use a Polyptoton in a poem. One example that comes to mind is from the well known ‘Prayer of St. Francis’ and the line “To be understood as to understand.” Or where the word form doesn’t change as in the Beatle’s “Please, please me ….”




“This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love; the more they give, the more they possess.”  Rainer Maria Rilke

It Is In Loving

There is no price
where love is known,
a value beyond all values,
you cannot capture
and make prisoner your desire,
love is not in subjugation,
purchase or control,
that is not love at all,
rather, it is in loving
that we are loved.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



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Within – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Reflection – RDP Sunday


Photo: Bunbury Wetlands reflection on the water below the pedestrian footbridge.

“We had the experience but missed the meaning.”  T.S. Eliot



Below the ripples of my inner pool
lies my self unseen
who collects moments of importance,
things experienced and things known
for a rainy day,
days when shadow comes out to play
needing a friend,
wanting to talk,
hoping for some direction,
and as I inwardly
hear movements in this deep,
I begin to see a way
to recollect and reconcile,
teasing a way forward
within myself.

©Paul Vincent Cannon




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