Dennis Ryan

Gold Star - 4,925 Points (March 3,1951 / Wellsville, New York)

Note To Readers: The Ghost In The House - Poem by Dennis Ryan

Sunday afternoon, February 10,2019 at 12: 13 p.m.; Monday morning,
February 11 at 9: 34 a.m.

"Grass, I thought to keep you, would have stayed;
And you, trees, water gone too."
- William Bronk, from the epigraph to Bronk's poetry volume Silence and Metaphor

By the time you arrive,
the ghost will have left,
having completed its work,
served its purpose.It found
a way in, then finds a way
out in the diction and syntax:
in the arrangement of right
words in the "right order"
to quote and paraphrase another
poet.Something like this, akin
to this happens.When the poem
is handed over to you, readers,
the author dies at the point
of separation, telling the poem
to go its way, "Find a place
for yourselfin a book—"
somewhere, anywhere,
anywhere but herein—
though the poet may
return from time to time
to listen to the poem,
hear what it is saying.

Topic(s) of this poem: absence, ghosts, hearing, listen, poetry, poets, present, psychology, purpose, readers

Form: Occasional Poem

Poet's Notes about The Poem

The speaker of the poem, a poet, comments, generally, on one of the motivations as to why poets write poems: i.e. they feel they have to speak/write to deal with a subject, perhaps to wrestle with it as one does with a "ghost" in order to get rid it from their systems.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, February 11, 2019

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