Since feeling comes first … – a poem by Carolyn Martin

Since feeling comes first …

– e.e. cummings


…………..… why bother with thought?
Ask any riled wave or wind-swept gull.
They do what they do without studying
tidal charts or Bernoulli’s principle.

Electric bees in wildflower fields
or mother seals prodding pups to shore?
No conferencing with expert botanists
or sophists on the art of parenting.

Who surrenders to Love at first thought?
Even at first sight is not exact. Try
pondering: Love, like Life and Death and all                                  
the in-betweens, feels before it sees or thinks.

Carolyn Martin is blissfully retired in Clackamas, OR, where she gardens, writes, and plays with creative friends. Her poems appear in publications throughout North America and the UK and her fourth poetry collection, A Penchant for Masquerades, will be released by Unsolicited Press in 2019. She serves as poetry editor of Kosmos Quarterly.


  1. ampycom says:

    This is very cool. It reminds me of my early days in acting classes, when the teachers had to teach us not to think, but to feel. One actually said that the very best actors (and she named Olivier and Garbo) were exceptionally stupid people! But you’re right. Maybe thinking is just a way to stay busy until it’s time to do something.

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