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The Muse

It’s Fireblossom Friday over at Real Toads.  We’ve been challenged to write a poem inspired by the work or life of artist Seraphine Louis.  She has an interesting story of cleaning woman, artist, success, Depression, and asylum.  I’ve chosen to focus on that link between creativity and insanity.


A poem jotted under
cover of darkness
for no eyes to read
or heart to hear.

The muse whispers
in my silent ear
the fantastic ideas
I dare not speak.

Obey the command
to create private poetry
or perish by those
thoughts trapped inside.

Scorching flames that
consume my sanity,
leaving the charred
remains of an artist denied.

12 thoughts on “The Muse

  1. wow! It’s kinda of scary we way we all have the insanity down pat. I love your poems and your crafting of it.

  2. I don’t know about Seraphina, but the relationship between madness and creativity (at least what would have been considered madness back then) is strong in so many creative people. I like how you’ve described it here! *smile*

  3. Yes, a fine line sometimes, between that unseen world that feeds art, and the demons that live there too. I also felt something in those paintings like this, a door to whispers and dreams.

  4. I would be burned or complete reduced to ash if I didn’t have an outlet. Sanity, insanity and creativity seem to live out there on the outskirts of life and do so quite well. It is the uninitiated closed minds that are bent the wrong, one can hope they reconcile with that they lost somewhere between childhood and adulthood.

    A powerful write which made me take stock on many different levels. Thank you.

    The story of Seraphine Louis tolls in the story of many artists, famous to not so famous: all usually exhibit genius of sensibilities beyond convention.

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