Catching the Muse

Writing prompt, writing prompt, what shall I write?

I’m hoping to capture the muse.

If I stare at this empty screen long enough.

I’m sure she’ll bring something to use.


For better or worse, I seem to be in poetic mood today, so, in response to Amanda Staley’s writing prompt in #The Writers’Coffeehouse, I have written a poem.



A Dense Forest

Words rise up, a dense forest
Each one seeks the light of the page
Some rise higher than others
Each gives a reason to save

Choose me, I am clear and explicit
Choose me, I bring pictures to mind
Each word has its own limitations
The best becomes harder to find

Not grandiose, impressive or splendid
Imposing, affected, genteel
Pretentious, important or flaunting
Or dancing a waltz or a reel

I’m here in this forest of letters
I’m here at the back of your mind
Don’t use one of my fancier sisters
When I am just perfectly fine

I’m simple and homely, fit neatly
And tell it just as it is
I cut through the forest that hides me
Plain-speaking and clear on your lips


I hope you enjoy my little poem, but do keep in mind that I make no claims to be a poet.

I just enjoy flirting with the form.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Yolanda Isabel Regueira Marin
    Jan 20, 2015 @ 22:37:23

    Love it Christine … I really do need to find some time to start writing again.

    Liked by 1 person


  2. Carol Cassara (@ccassara)
    Jan 24, 2015 @ 15:10:40

    Each word has its own limitations–how true!

    Liked by 1 person


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