I received a comment on one of my blog posts the other day that read “Maybe you need to write a poem about your muse and what you’re looking for in one”. It was quite a thought provoking comment and I decided to sit down with pen and paper and explore it more on a personal level. I looked at the times in my life when I did the most writing and who was present in my life at that time. Then I identified what personality traits they had that I knew them for. These traits would, in my mind, then contribute to the thoughts I had at the time that inspired the poems I wrote. These were my muses and their personalities shaped me.
I will not give any names but I would like to share the personality traits that I associated with them and created from. Person one’s traits were poetic, free spirited and quite soulful. This muse helped me to write about paganism, nature and the soul. Person two’s traits were romantic, innocent, gullible, devoted, playful and loyal. This muse helped me to write about love and darkness. Person three’s traits were warm, spirit and heartfelt. This muse helped me to write about a deeper feeling of love and lust. Person four’s traits were mysterious, saving, wounded and dark. This muse helped me to write about escape, distant love, a renewed spirit. And personality traits that are shared by several included being unattainable, soulful and playful. These traits in each muse kept me driven, devoted, longing for more.
Right now, in my life there isn’t anyone that I would label as a muse to inspire creative writing and there hasn’t been for several years now. I don’t think that is a short coming on anyone’s part it’s just that I am not as soulfully connected to anyone be it because of something they are doing or I am I won’t try to define.
That is not to say that there are not people in my life I find interesting and draw experiences from it just means that they do not provide the mental fuel needed to inspire me into creativity. I am sure there are two or three women in my life and my past who are now trying to match themselves up to what I just wrote. Do not bother asking because I will not share it.
It is hard to look into oneself to find the spirit and song needed to write well. I recall a time when my muse had just left me and I could not seem to come up with the right words. I know one will ask, are all your muses women. Yes, they have been. I don’t think there’s a set rule in that either men can be muses too and not just to women. I think that, for me personally, that’s the way it is.
It is interesting to note that while I prefer stronger independent women, at least sexually, that my muses have been much more reserved, submissive and receptive to my needs at least at first. Perhaps that is only how it is for me or how it is for everyone’s muse. I don’t think that one must be romantically or sexually involved with one’s muse to draw inspiration from them. In the case of at least one of my muses we were never more than just friends and with another one we never actually met face to face.
I think that to find inspiration to write I need a woman with the combination of all traits above to come into my life, sadly most of those personality traits are dead and gone in our current society. I will need to look further into myself, as my commenter did say, and perhaps seek inspiration from the past. Write about something you know they say.
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