version one


my muse is Maxwell House or Folgers
my muse has the smile of a plaster saint
and wears the boots of a dominatrix
my muse drops the F-bomb and smokes Lucky Strikes
my muse's joie de vivre has a deathwish
my muse's savoir faire is in the shop for repairs
my muse is hotter than Tabasco sauce
my muse is five below zero in February
my muse is the unkempt curl of Walt Whitman's beard
my muse is the guitar-case of Tracy Chapman
my muse is New Mexico sky is Arizona desert
my muse is the bullied lesbian teen
my muse is the kid picked last in gym class
my muse is a silver ankle bracelet
my muse is newfallen snow
my muse is getting sozzled at the Hat
my muse is a bootleg recording of the Replacements circa 1985

your muse is a politician a salesman a sloganeer
your muse has a new-and-improved personality
your muse has a synthetic smile
your muse is the proud Pharisee
your muse is the glossy magazines
your muse walks the red carpet in Vera Wang
your muse is the straight-A student the homecoming queen
your muse is a prayer warrior
your muse is a model for Abercrombie & Fitch

your muse has a snappy comeback at the book-release party


my muse sleeps on a grate behind the Boston Public Library
my muse is a drunken knuckleballer bouncing from club to club

my muse is a mendicant of mercy on the outskirts of grace



Thomas DeFreitas


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Written on 2017-07-13 at 03:25

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Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
I have a question. Why muddy the stark contrasts between "my muse" and "your muse" by coming back to "my muse" at the end?

one trick pony The PoetBay support member heart!
Just thinking out loud, I wonder if all your muses together form a single, all-encompassing muse. They do share qualities and attributes.

It is a fascinating and somewhat revealing list. Very nice to read.

ken d williams The PoetBay support member heart!
Bravo, Tom!
My muses, are those who have gone on before. I met a few, many I did not. BUT, all of them, left something amazing, that affeks me and others!

Ashe The PoetBay support member heart!
It's anywhere and everywhere when a muse sparks a thought or lights the heart. Can't wait for version two. :)