I want to acknowledge Crystal R. Cook for the last line. She wrote it in a comment on one of my poems earlier this last week and it stuck with me. She writes some of the most amazing poems, so please go check out her blog.
So what would a personal ad for a muse look like? I thought I’d give it a shot.
Muse Looking For A Poet
By Jessica Scott
One poet looking to be inspired.
Abstract thinking a must,
And you should be able to be visceral and evocative.
Applicants should be able to describe the way a raindrop feels,
the tenderness of the setting sun,
or the achingly exquisite pain of a breaking heart.
You must be available at any time,
Any moment, for I keep odd hours,
And you never know when I will call on you,
So you must be ready and able to respond.
I am a Muse and am, therefore, capricious, impulsive,
I have many lovers and you must not be jealous of my attentions to them…
When I am yours, I am yours absolutely,
My kisses full of passion and creativity.
You will own me, and you will be mine,
But I require diversity…
And while I may leave you for another, it will only be for a short time.
Then I will come back to you for I love you
And cannot stand to be away from you for long.
I can offer you no financial rewards
For inspiration is priceless-
Your only reward will be to touch another’s heart and soul.
And someday, long past your own life,
You may take up the post of Muse,
For we are needed as well.
Breathe ink and bleed words for me,
And I will make you immortal.
If you are interested you will find me
In the long, dark hours of the night,
Or hiding within the passion of desire.
You will know if I have chosen you
When you feel my lips on your brow and
An undeniable need to write overwhelms you,
or when you hear the beat of your own heart in every word you write.