The Muse Wants What it Wants

muse_by Vyara Tichkova

Muse by Vyara Tichkova

For Lance Sheridan
(who knows his muse well)

The muse wants what it wants.
I might want to just lay some things to rest forever,
in a cemetery of kindness where I can leave flowers but once a year.
She roams my graveyard of lost loves and takes pictures of headstones;
places them, like napkins next to my dinner plate.
The muse digs through my attic discovering things,
she finds interesting and hauls them downstairs.
Makes me open my eyes and look again at what and who I attempted to lose:
Things buried since 2012 or since January 12th in a few literal graves.

I guess the muse knows best, if I should bathe a poem in tears or hope.
In any case, she has the first and last word of whatever gets written here.
Ask anyone who knows the muse…autonomous, surprising, playful beguiling.
Ask them if they ever tried to say “No,” to her and were able to sign a finished painting?
Ask them if they ever said, “Not now” to her …
and could remember that thought she put in their heads,
at just the wrong moment, so they never wrote it down?

The muse is no quitter and if you are one…she will not come back. That’s that!!.
She is a winner and if she takes your hand in hers, you will be too.
Accept her, trust her and love her; every artist of every art, needs her close by.
I love my muse and she knows it.. How do I know she does?
Well, when I am softly moaning about no longer being a poet,
not having one new thought I want to say, she shakes me awake
with the first rays of the morning sun and…
I just know I will finish a poem that day.

Karima Hoisan
June 8th 2020
Costa Rica

 

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8 Responses to The Muse Wants What it Wants

  1. daleinnis says:

    Lovely; deep and humorous. Wonderful image of the muse digging curiously around and finding things you’d stored securely away.

    You have such great insights into your own creative processes.

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    • Thank you Dale..I guess the muse was a bit more playful today:) and allowed me to divulge a few of our trade secrets:):) The process of creation in any media is so interesting..some parts just seem like magic and the rest…100% trust in our muse:):)

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  2. Nima Mohan says:

    Well, when I am softly moaning about no longer being a poet,
    not having one new thought I want to say, she shakes me awake
    with the first rays of the morning sun and…
    I just know I will finish a poem that day…

    Loved these lines 🙂

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  3. Dear Karima, I’m so gratefully honored by your wonderful dedication! The depth to you write or narrate your poetry is brilliant. Do we, as poets, delve into the attics of our thoughts, or the basements of our souls. You’re truly an exceptionally gifted writer; one who touches the lives of countless poets. Thank you, my friend. Blessings.

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