When A Muse Takes Out A Personal Ad

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.



A Muse

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 www.octpowrimo.com.

13 Replies to “When A Muse Takes Out A Personal Ad

    1. Didn’t think it was all that hot when I wrote it…hmmm….
      Maybe I should go back and reread it. I should probably have a glass of wine first. 😉

    1. Absolutely! I thought mine was in Spain, but apparently I was wrong…
      I might have to think about putting out an ad for a new Muse…LOL

    1. Thanks M’lady! It was an exercise from a book-said to pretend you are a free-lance Muse looking for a real poet. LOL…I HAD to do it. Moral imperative, you know.

  1. This is so good, all of it – “Breathe ink and bleed words for me, and I will make you immortal.” Here’s to those who answered the call, the chosen ones . . .

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