Monday's Muse Poetry Writing

Monday’s Muse: A Poem About Hemingway

Things are rather busy here today so I’m just going to drop this here and run. Today’s poem took shape because I had just glanced over at a book on my shelf and wondered who the author’s muse could have been. Voilá! A poem was born.

Happy Monday everyone.

xo Jesi


Hemingway’s Muse

By Jessica Scott



I wonder if Hemingway knew his Muse.

Did he really know how he came to be inspired to write at all?

Was it an embrace,

A tap on the shoulder,

A soft caress?

He was born with the glorious, burdensome gift of talent-

But Prometheus gave him the fire.

Jesi Kay
Jesi Kay, poet and aspiring novelist, was born in the Texas panhandle where wide skies, lazy summer days, and rolling thunderstorms sparked her imagination and left lasting memories in her blood. An early reader, poetry and mythology were her passions. So much so that when she was ten years old her step-father gave her his college mythology textbooks to read, which were full of classic poetry and more than enough tales to fill her romantic and inquisitive nature. Jesi loves reading, art, going to the theater, the romanticism of the Victorian era (but not the missing conveniences of indoor plumbing and central air conditioning), running when the heat and humidity cooperate, and cold weather so she can wear her favorite boots and knitwear. Also, she still has those college mythology textbooks, a little worse for wear over time but still intact and telling their stories to her. Jesi is a contributor at The Well Tempered Bards blog and at

7 Replies to “Monday’s Muse: A Poem About Hemingway

  1. Prometheus was bar in Cuba, where Hemmingway met a young prostitute by the name of Esperanza, who did indeed give him Hope and put the fire back in his belly. Wasted on island rum and smelling of sex and tobacco, he lay on the beach and tried to describe the sunset in monosyllabic words, and fell asleep and dreamed of mermaids.

    1. Wow! I am actually a little stunned because I did not know that at all. Huh.
      Thank you, Ms. Hann-BAsquiat. You are a treasure trove of interesting information. 🙂

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