The Muse

(An International Journal of Poetry)

ISSN 2249 –2178


Volume-3                                                      DECEMBER -2013                                           Number-2


No Idea Yes Idea

 By Connolly Ryan


What rises from the pond

is an idea. If you look closely,

the idea includes you. Look too

closely and it will elude you

and later on you’ll feel riddled

with faint traces of regret;

and the fainter they are,

the more irksome for that.

The idea that an idea

was ready to reify

one part of you to another,

tugs and nags and thwarts

the thoroughness you’d imagined

you were beginning to approach.

But instead, caught off-guard

like a flamenco dancer

keening to kindred strains

in the twang of a bayou banjo,

you ponder the body of water

closely enough

to see in it, if not your lifelong

body of work, then at least a body

of ideas you are incredibly

ready to commit to,

with pond as your witness.