Rachelyn farrell

Research Scientist
Narrative Intelligence Lab
University of Kentucky
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On Meaning

If by meaning, illustrating meant
to disconnect and
reconnect in
scattered disentanglements,
to juxtapose aesthetic senses,
lost and found inside bejumbled sentences —
And then if meaning, ever once intended,
rendered beauty thus pretended,
and to circumvent
would only serve to further muddle
meanings as of yet befuddled
by the very feelings meant to
silence those discretely comprehended —
and wile away the sentiments amended —
then I along with many words
would wander free
among the verbs,
the wailing whispers scarcely heard,
and wonder whether, if beguiled,
meaning wouldn’t soon unravel,
sentences be damned, and dying
metaphors begone, and beauty
never meant
become a thing defiled.