The Muses who inspire do not abandon me;
round the clock they tick, sparked heartbeats
that draw the world ever closer in varied splendor:
morning’s cooled dew in Summer,
pink snow of sunrise in Winter,
the earth-toned blanket of Fall,
and the creeping green of Spring.
At dusk’s change of shift, I listen for the wings
of Mother Night as she travels through portals
to and fro, bringing messages from home.
Last night she showed me a shark’s tooth and said,
“When the shark swallows its tooth, it eats itself
from the inside.”
An aura of infinite mysterious wisdom shines in
paradoxical yet complete knowing, a belief
system that cannot be shaken, in my bones;
it’s a deep knowing that, despite all ugliness
and in appreciation for all beauty, there
is redemption — hope ever-flowing
through the 10k things. Look into
the heart of a rose and you’ll see.
♦“Mother Night” and “messages from home” are both terms used by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola-Estes in her Mother Night series of lectures.
♦The “10k things” or 10,000 things is a daoist term that includes all-that-is.
♦image: “Flow” (2014,) by Helen Wells
Ingrid is today’s host of dVerse’ Poetics. Ingrid says:
For this challenge, I would like you to choose your muse. You can do this in any one of the following ways:
♦Write a poem invoking the Muse, and following in the long-established classical tradition.
♦Choose one of the nine Classical Muses and write a poem with her particular area of influence in mind (for example, choose Caliope and write a comedic poem)
♦Write a poem inspired by your own personal muse, whether that be an individual, a place, or anything else which fires your creativity. You can refer to your muse either directly or indirectly, but some form of reference to your muse as a source of inspiration should be included.