(by Daniel R. Jones)
You’ve seen them—Calliope and Mneme
seducing mortals with sublime beauty.
You’ve heard their voices; sultry, sonorous
inspiring them to create works of art
as voluptuous, as full-figured
as they are.
But just as common is the parasitic muse:
flitting across darkened skies
heavy and bestial.
It stalks its prey with a cleaving knife
looking for a galley-slave:
a host to inhabit;
sometimes burning, sometimes hacking its way out.
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Very poignant, well-crafted, thought-provoking and satisfying. Thank you for sharing!
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Thank you for your kind words, Nanci!