Posted by: faultlessfinish | February 4, 2013

Absent Muse

One of the things I’ve learned from the authors I’ve worked with over the years is that writing is often not a result of divine inspiration but of a very conscious effort. Sometimes, you need to seek out creativity – put pen to paper and just do the work.

“Absent Muse”

Pen between poised fingers.

Ready to strike, stitch together

Phrases, a melody of syllables

singing on the page

Expecting perfection

Creating less than

Words without weight



Poised fingers pause . . . wait.

for the muse that never comes

Purgatory state

The muse is fiction

Pen between poised fingers.

Hard reality work

with fragments

Dig deep. Deeper. Snapshots,

fragments into fiction

into prose into pages

and sonnets and stories.

The muse is fiction, the work is within.


Songs of the week:

“You’re Not Pretty But You Got It Goin’ On” – Band of Skulls

“O’ Sister” – City and Colour


Namaste 🙂




  1. So true … from someone who has lost not one, but two muses. 😦
    (or is is “musii?)

  2. Thats how I do it, thats how it’s done, the Muse is inside me, I’m just having fun! Very well done Rachel, thank you. 🙂

  3. That’s beautiful. I love it! Each phrase rings so true for me too! But stop teasing me with those beautiful Cdn winter scenes. I almost (well a little tiny bit) miss it!

    • Thanks Gwen! I have to admit, I’m probably more jealous of you after seeing your last blog post…

  4. Fantastic Rachel – what a beautiful piece of writing….can’t wait for the rest.

    • Thanks Kristen! And thanks for your help 🙂

  5. Sounds like this blog’s mousa could use a trip into the mountains. Nice, you have found inspiration even while struggling with it.

  6. Beautiful post. Absolutely thrilled that I happened upon your blog.

    • Thank you so much! Looking forward to checking yours out 🙂

  7. The muse is a hard taskmaster, and fickle.


  8. […] A new poem from Rachel Small (my editor!) on her blog, Freelancing to Freedom … Absent Muse […]

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