Kiss of the Muse

Written for:  Margo Roby’s Poem Tryouts:  To Sleep, Perchance To Dream
To the images. In keeping with the theme of dreaming, the image that started my thinking on the topic is The Poet Sleeps, by Chang Houg Ahn, which I first saw on The Mag a couple of years ago. I thought the subject of a poet sleeping and then having visions, or being visited by a muse, or dreaming, something my mind will not let go of. I will present two images here and save some for next month if I think they will allow you a different direction on the topic.

The Kiss of the Muse by Cezanne

The Kiss of the Muse by Cezanne

Inkwell filled,
quill at the ready.
Hours of staring at
blank parchment ’til
my eyes swim into slumber.
Once under the veil
of dreams, I sense
a presence–rustling
of silk–and a cool kiss
caresses my forehead.
Flutter of wings, whisper
of words, serve to
germinate my brain
with seeds of new ideas
waiting to sprout.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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3 Responses to Kiss of the Muse

  1. sumyanna says:

    Absolutely beautiful!

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  2. margo roby says:

    I love your translation of the image into your poem and ‘my eyes swim into slumber’ is gorgeous.


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