Lena Corazon

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Midweek Poetry: “Muse”

My muse has been a relentless, pushy bitch of late, demanding that I write, throwing ideas at me with the force of a hurricane, poking and prodding every time I try to fall asleep, screaming for my attention whenever I decide I’d like to do something mindless, like zone out in front of the television screen or play a video game.

I friggin’ love it.

So in honor of the creative chaos that is now my brain, I thought I’d share this little poem, which I wrote the last time my muse went on a rampage. Enjoy!

oil on canvas

“Danae” by Gustav Klimt (Photo source: Wikipedia Commons)

“Muse”

i shut the door on you 
‘cause, christ, sometimes a girl 
          needs a little peace 
    and quiet 
without words flooding her head. 

but you are crafty, sly 
and you know how to insinuate 
    yourself 
through the most narrow crack in the plaster 
the sliver in 
                  the wall 
like zeus becoming rain of 
      gold 
to envelope royal danae— 
though instead of impregnating me with a demigod 
you fill me with poetry and tale 
till i 
overflow 

words drip from my fingers 
ooze out my 
      nose 
fall from my eyes like fiery 
                tears 
scorching all they touch. 
and, fuck, i’d like to stop the deluge 
but i inside i crave it 
could never turn it away. 

it’s addictive, this raw rush of creation 
and i write 
      write 
   write 
                  write 
with the mania that forces the girl 
        and her red shoes to 
do the dance-to-death 

i write, though my body is racked with 
exhaustion 
i write, though there are blisters on 
my fingers 

for there is nothing else i can 
                do 
no defense to save me from 
your shrieks and cries 

i was born to hold this 
                            pen 

i will die clutching 
          it 
still
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8 Comments

  1. I don’t even have sufficient words <3 <3
    Lauren Garafalo recently posted..A Week In Which I AnalyzeMy Profile

  2. “words drip from my fingers…” Beautiful, Lena! I love this… a writer’s lament.

  3. A bit neurotic, a bit erotic… definitely the words of a writer dancing to the dervish Muse of Words
    Eden Mabee recently posted..Interrupting the ROW and Re-immersionMy Profile

  4. Absolutely lovely… and every bit of it true! Now if only I could have just a little bit of rampage…
    Jennette Marie Powell recently posted..WANA Wednesday: Romance of all Kinds, Fun for Kids, and ROW80My Profile

    • I wrote this in the midst of a rampage, and while it feels so overwhelming, once that rampage is over I always wish to have it back. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

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