those 9 muses
the Greeks drew
in precise divisions of practice
never moved me,
coy & lolling at Apollo’s feet
in those pictures,
too busy flirting
to grant a whisper
in my ear

no, if art
is breathed, in
spired like cathedrals
pointing to sun &
embodied by anything
I shape, the 3 ancients
speak to me:

the craft birthed
from the movement of water,
cresting in waves
or rippled over rocks
speaks through my mouth
when she chooses, or
the song that strikes air
brighter than a cymbal–
that one rattles my bones
& then stokes language
to a hotter burn
so we can reel
inside the sparks
she stirs

& the last
who lives only inside voice,
that one wakes
when I hear you speak
& twines with my words
to answer you fully

Siculus can keep
his Ethiopian 9.

I know
what is important
always happens in 3’s.

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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16 Responses to muses

  1. your timing, rhythm reminds me of Marge Piercy. Great infatigable subject !

  2. davidtrudel says:

    Hooray, hooray, hooray.

  3. unfetteredbs says:

    then stokes language
    to a hotter burn

    sparking heat Susan. This one would be a good one for you to record and read ;0)
    just saying..

  4. jmgoyder says:

    Random question: does the word ‘amuse’ derive from ‘muse’? I wonder. Fantastic poem – you should be famous.

  5. mobius faith says:

    If the important things happen in threes then will there be 3 apocalypse’s (apocalypsi)?
    Is an apocalypse important if it doesn’t happen in 3’s.? Is one apocalypse worse than another?
    So many questions…..
    Sorry, I’m just in that weird headspace today.

  6. Your choice of words is amazing, my friend. 🙂

  7. nelle says:

    Some things need limit to one or not happen at all. If only we could dispense such controlled measure.

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