The Unknowable – A Poem

For dVersePoet’s Meeting the Bar

What lies beneath
Hollow words?
Dig deep down
Into the pockets of
Your imagination-
If you just choose
To listen, before
You lift that pen
Of yours again
Just, look around you
For a moment and
Let your thoughts
Dance just outsidethelines
You might just
Discover you can
Write what you know
Or you can write
The unknowable.

Gretchen Leary 2013

About Gretchen McIntire (formerly Leary)

I am 34 years old, I live in the Raleigh area, and I am writing from the perspective of an individual with Asperger's Syndrome.
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25 Responses to The Unknowable – A Poem

  1. Ah … so often the unknowable … where do the words come from? I really like the way you play with language here, Gretchen.

  2. Laurie Kolp says:

    Let your thoughts
    Dance just outsidethelines

    …yes, indeed!!

  3. Mary says:

    I do think sometimes that one finds out what one knows by just beginning to write. I like your thoughts, Gretchen.

  4. brian miller says:

    smiles…i like the magic in this…the writing of the unknowable and that you acknowledge that you must sit and listen to find that…i def agree with that…smiles…nice one gretchen…

  5. Grace says:

    I like digging deep and dancing outside the lines ~ Your words resonate with me ~ Beautiful ~

  6. kkkkaty says:

    Great insight, Gretchen ;_)

  7. ManicDdaily says:

    Ha ha – delightful. k.

  8. Sabio Lantz says:

    Surprising ourselves with out thoughts is fun.

  9. Lovely! “Writing the unknowable” is a fantastic job description for a poet. 🙂

  10. outsidethelines, the unknowable and pockets of your imagintion, it’s like a fairytale of creation. x

  11. nico says:

    A beautiful thought, beautifully written. Writing the unknowable. The feeling when this truly happens . . . ecstasy!

  12. Ruth says:

    dancing “just outsidethelines” & finding we can write the unknowable – ah, i love it!

  13. Yeah searching outsidethelines is always an adventurous way to create…love it!

  14. claudia says:

    outsidethelines is a good place for the mind and the pen…so many adventures waiting for us…nice

  15. Miriam E. says:

    love the ‘pockets of imagination’… very sweet, encouraging write…

  16. ninotaziz says:

    That unknown place – yes, the unknowable suits it well, Gretchen!

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  18. cloudfactor5 says:

    “Let your thoughts
    Dance just outsidethelines”
    You’ve described the magical place we find our grace!! Well Done !!

  19. Tony says:

    “Let your thoughts
    Dance just outsidethelines”
    and write the unknowable.

    Way to go Gretchen 😀

  20. Kim Nelson says:

    Don’t you just love outside the lines? I do! A nice read, Gretchen.

  21. Imelda says:

    There are so many things one can discover when one sits and listens. Well done, Gretchen. 🙂

  22. Yes, inspiring and a vivid call to honor the inner explorer in every writer and artist. Thanks so much for joining us!

  23. lucychili says:

    agree with Anna, you describe how we explore our world, ourselves =)

  24. Absolutely, that’s why I don’t understand them because I tend to be on the dramatic but very emotional side and far far far from hollow

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