Sunday, January 2, 2011

To A Muse

Painting by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

To A Muse

Give me a first line, you who are far away.
The second line will almost write itself.
In times of pain, I open the dictionary.

Like a girl in the last row who will not say
The theoretical part of the dream was herself
Give me a first lie, you who are far away.

A student laughs. I died once. Red is gray.
Cheat me like a quote, deceiving Elf.
In times of pain I open the dictionary.

David Shapiro

Posted over on the Writer's Almanac

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