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Once Again – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Rise – dVerse Poets – Quadrille

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Image: Honore Daumier’s painting “The Uprising” 1860.

 

Once Again

The bakery opened with a flourish
and the baker said,
“rejoice, eat cake”
but soon he only offered
stale breads, yet
the people continued to pay,
timidly accepting his insult
without thought, but lately
I’ve been feeling that our
yeast will rise once again.

ยฉPaul Vincent Cannon

 

Paul, pvcann.com

 

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Get a Perspective

via Daily Prompt: Above

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There’s something about being on top of a mountain, or even just a rise. The views can be eyecatching, if not stunning. There’s something even more about being high enough to be in the clouds, it’s an ethereal experience. The air is cooler, the mist turns to rain, the clouds swirl as the wind pushes against the mountain, apart from the birds, the wind and rain, there is no noise, no unnatural noise. And, if there’s a gap in the cloud, you can see for miles. It’s a totally different perspective to the ground level view.

The ancients liked to think that mountains were close to their deity, the mountains reached up to the heavens, so they must be sacred places of meeting between gods and people. The people of Israel had a special affinity with Mt. Sinai where Moses received the content of the ten commands. For the ancient Greeks Mt. Olympus was the home of the Greek Gods, and Mt. Athos was the holy mountain. In Tibet Mt. Kaillash is sacred, for the Incas it was Macchu Picchu, in Japan Koya-san is sacred, in Australia Uluru is sacred, and in New Zealand it is Mt. Taranaki. There are many more, and there isn’t a geographical region that doesn’t have a sacred mountain, such that it would suggest that the ancients felt a deep spiritual connection with certain mountains, and the fact that this crosses over every culture and continent is significant.

Mountains are places for reflection, meditation, you can also clear your head. So for me there is a mindfulness about being up a mountain, or a rock or a rise. And it speaks to perespective, how we see something in overview, as oposed to ground level view where everything is foreshortened and not so visisble. Being above ourselves in a mindful observing way, might give us perspective on our growth, our goals, behaviour and so on. Being above community in a mindful observing way might give us a better perspective on our relationships, what might be really happening, we might see potential, possibility, and gain a sense of hope.

There is also the opportunity to put ourselves in perspective simply by the sheer disparity in our own smallness in comparison to the height of the rise, and the vast plains below. So in that sense, we can prevent ourselves from literally getting above ourselves in a negative sense, and maintain a balanced perspective of self and life. Take an overview from above, and get a different perspective.

Paul,

pvcann.com

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Taper

via Daily Prompt: Taper

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The path, the innocent path tapers off into the distance. It begins the 6 km return trail walk up Bluff Knoll. Not big by easternAustralian, or by foreign standards, with a rise to 1099m, but with a 650m gain, so quite challenging in that though it is short it is steep. It’s prominence is 854m (clear rise from lowest contour) and its isolation is 1225.5km with the next comparable peak of that size in the north west of the state.

It was late April 2015, it was warm at the base and I did get a light sun burn on my neck, it was raining half way up, and at the top it was cold and cloud had covered the peak, an amazing weather experience let alone physical challenge for me. Jon, one of my sons, who walked with me was very patient. We managed it well within the 3.5 hours return. The views were fabulous, the flora and fauna, as always, a key interest for me. The summit was worth it.

The innocent path tapers off and belies the rugged trail upwards

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This is why its challenging, that smooth path of 120m or so turns to this. Still it was well worth it.

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