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Her Muse Says

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Below is the poem entitled Her Muse Says which was written by poet Charlotte Puddifoot. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Her Muse Says

At the beginning of your life
there was a mellow September medley

of word-berries, ripening for the picking.
But before the fruit, the pain.

Art demands blood gobbets of sacrifice
whittled to bare bone, raw and pared down,

before new verse shrieks its bloody birth.
Keep your faithlessness in check, stay true,

wrapped up, as you are, in your silk spools,
glittering a diaphanous language dance.

Keep your ear attuned to the stillness,
listening for those otherworldly word-wisps,

that will-o-the-wisp waltz with inspiration:
its ephemeral here-then-gone.

Do not thirst for an oasis of words,
but trust that after each drought

fresh words will gather and burst
like first drops of rain,

a new lexicon storming your head.
And though you yearn and burn for normality

it was never your fortune and forte.
Know that new life takes many guises,

creation is different for all;
it is the human condition and call.

And at the end of it all
awaits a springtime of ripening word-buds;

each one that curled dormant in your heart will unfurl
poems blossoming into perfumed flowers.

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  1. Date: 5/5/2014 7:56:00 AM
    i can feel you in my bones, charlotte.. darn fascinating piece.. sweet congrats on your fine spot!.. huggs

  1. Date: 5/3/2014 3:01:00 PM
    You create Charlotte, not just write; beautifully expressed; so many lovely phrases and metaphors!! congrats on your win. // paul

  1. Date: 5/3/2014 5:09:00 AM
    Brilliant write on poetry. Congrats on the win, Charlotte

  1. Date: 5/3/2014 12:20:00 AM
    Now this one is SO much better than that third place poem at Craig's blog. Don't sell yourself short. you outwrite those folks in my opinion.

    Puddifoot Avatar Charlotte Puddifoot
    Date: 5/3/2014 4:55:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    nah! btw this one has the dreaded enjambed couplet form! lol
  1. Date: 5/2/2014 11:52:00 PM
    nice poem...skat

  1. Date: 5/2/2014 11:06:00 PM
    Beautiful write Charlotte ! i loved ur words ' fresh words gather n burst after a drought ',,, congrats on great win !

  1. Date: 5/2/2014 10:49:00 PM
    I really loved those last two lines, and the descriptiveness of this poem, as well. A beautiful write, Charlotte! Congrats on your win in my contest!

  1. Date: 11/6/2013 12:32:00 AM
    My muse says l must work on a series of sonnets for you know who. But do not be surprised if one of those sonnets are for you. I don't know how many but they'll all be true. Especially the one I'll write for you.

  1. Date: 8/27/2013 11:20:00 PM
    Wonderful. I bring out the best in you.

    Situation Avatar The Situation
    Date: 8/27/2013 11:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Ephemeral? What's that? A new colour?
  1. Date: 8/24/2013 6:54:00 PM
    I am never disappointed at anything of yours that I read. Your work is always amazing Charlotte. This is outstanding!

  1. Date: 8/19/2013 3:43:00 PM
    How you can write, Charlotte. One of my favorite of the free verse poets here at Soup!!!

  1. Date: 8/18/2013 10:07:00 PM
    Another one for my favorites file. This is beautiful. The nature of the creative process is simultaneously unique and common, that is, we do it in our own way, in our own special medium, but we all do it. Well done... Jack

  1. Date: 8/18/2013 10:00:00 PM
    Exquiste expression of the ebb and flow of creating poetry...so many ups and downs of the thought processes ....excellent write

  1. Date: 8/16/2013 8:06:00 PM
    My dear Charlott this is a wonderful write. I am very pleased with your skillful use of Metaphor here. "Art demands blood gobbets of sacrifice, whittled to bare bone, raw and pared down" A very beautiful stanza. Thank you for your accurate blog comments. If you read my poem show your face it will explain more about my true experience