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Muse |myoōz|
noun
(in Greek and Roman mythology) each of nine goddesses, the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, who preside over the arts and sciences.

“Muses Sarcophagus”, representing the nine Muses and their attributes

• ( muse) a woman, or a force personified as a woman, who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist.

so i have been thinking about this a great deal lately. the concept of a muse…

is it an internal drive? an external spirit? an actual person? a place? a universal belief/myth?

i believe the answer might be different for each artist/writer. the answer may also depend on the time period in the creative person’s life. i believe creative people are born with an internal drive that can be ignited by a person/place/experience — a novel circumstance that makes the muse sing rather than whisper…a circumstance that makes the muse so obvious she can’t be ignored.

the muse inspires/encourages/inquires about our art. sometimes it is through self-reflection or retrospect. other times it is an outside force waking us, stirring our passion. at some point in the lives of many artists/writers a significant person ignites their passion for a period of time and, by default, they “become” the muse personified.

it happened to me. quite unexpectedly, a remarkable person came into my life, slipped into my being and taught my muse how to sing loudly and clearly! i had never been as productive/prolific before…or since. there is a certain longing attached to that time. a desire to recreate what could not be captured or held on to.

for many the muse is who we write to/for/about…what about you? do you believe in a muse? what/who is your muse?

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