by Frank T. Rios
My muse burns
a holy candle
to the nite
as She lies quiet
in the other room
what I know
in my closed hand
and my Muse
We’ve talked about inspiration. We’ve mentioned “The Muse.” We’ve looked at how we respond to inspiration (the muse). When I don’t have to rush out the door in the morning, I return to my bed with a cup of hot yerba mate tea. I write or draw in my journal. I contemplate the day before me. I look out the window & note the blueness of the sky, the shapes of trees, the structures, the sheer beauty. Sometimes, I let my imagination roam…a good thing for an artist to do–give your imagination room to roam.
I thought it would be interesting to imagine that my muse has a physical form. I thought it would be insightful to interview my muse. To ask her or him some questions. I drafted a list of interview questions (see below). I invite you to do the same–that is, interview your muse. You can use my questions and if you have some questions of your own, include them. Give your muse the opportunity to write out the answers to your questions in a stream of consciousness way. (Oh and remember that the muse is a bit unpredictable and playful.) Enjoy this process.
- Who are you? (Calliope, Saraswati, wiser self or?)
- How do I invoke you? (Through a poem, a prayer, an invitation, getting quiet?)
- What are some ways that you bring me inspiration?
- What’s most important for me to be writing about?
- What do you need or desire from me?
You’ve created a list of things that you’d like to write about. Good for you! Now what?
From your list of inspiring topics, choose one topic that you feel passionate about. For twenty minutes, write with abandon (no censoring or editing). Allow your curiosity, passion, natural inclinations to guide your writing. Set your timer for twenty minutes. On your mark, get set and WRITE!
Read what you wrote aloud and then let it be for now.
Enjoy your day.