Failing To See – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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โ€œWe wake if we ever wake at all, to mystery, to rumours of death, beauty, violence โ€ฆ.โ€ Annie Dillard

Failing To See

When did mystery become anxious
that it needed something by way of
self-denial to be acceptable, and who
decided to strip you naked that we 
might see you clearly through the
murky mist of time, and ponder
your meanings. Did we need to 
break down your door, claiming 
your space as our own, becoming
so familiar as to have no illusions,
failing to see how our thirst for 
certainty becomes a cabinet filled
with conclusions which has emptied
us of longing.

ยฉPaul Vincent Cannon

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