Never Trust A Muse

Try to start,
it says, 
from something 
outside of yourself.

Find a way into
the edge of the picture
once you understand 
how you fit, fill in
an empty place, tell us
what you see and hear.

You fit somewhere
in the everything 
out there, one with the 
orcas, one with the squirrels
and the sphinx moth
clinging to the wall
inside the front porch.

It’s simple, really,
it says.
All you need 
is to become
part of everything
and the whole
of everything 
will become obvious.

Nothing, I retort,
is obvious
and never has been.
I’ve been looking outside
since I was too young 
to truly see the difference 
between outside and inside
and now, now that all
is on fire no matter whether I look
within or without,
what is supposed to become clear
through all this smoke
now that I am also smoke?

About Tony Brown

A poet with a history in slam, lots of publications; my personal poetry and a little bit of daily life and opinions. Read the page called "About..." for the details. View all posts by Tony Brown

One response to “Never Trust A Muse

  • Eileen

    Good one! Accepting being a tiny part of a humongous whole is humbling, but it also means that the part we play may be tiny, but important in a very long scheme of things. We seldom live at the right time or long enough to recognize evolution in the scheme of things. Even written history is inadequate for this. But even in history is seems to me that it is always darkest before a dawn of something that improves at least one group or tiny place on the planet. Hard to tell if we go two steps forward and one back or vice-versa. Maybe our planet isn’t the center of the universe or the most progressive or even the longest lasting. So many possibilities once we don’t see ourselves and all that we know as the epidemy of evolution. But who knows, we might be the negative example that gives it the boost for other life forms.

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