Against Intention: The Writing Of Certain Poems Poem by Dennis Ryan

Against Intention: The Writing Of Certain Poems



Sunday afternoon, April 7,2019; Thursday afternoon, May 12,2022

'I hear your voice/It's like an angel sighing...'
Madonna, 'Like A Prayer'

I didn't intend to write that poem
of Wednesday, nor this one today:
they just happen. They surprise.
Certain poems are felt somewhere
in the brain, and begin in touch,
in Merkel cells that sense and signal.
Memories arise as I hear your voice,
and I know then there was a time
when you and I might last—then, there,
over there, as the poem moves onward,
where it instinctively means to go,
felt in our touches, yours and mine.

Thursday, May 12, 2022
Topic(s) of this poem: creativity,senses,feelings,touch
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
Certain poems originate in sensory perception, such as touch, and not in thought or intent.
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Dennis Ryan

Wellsville, New York
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