When the muse sits on my shoulder
And I’m typing as fast as I can
Across the keyboard
At a steady clip
I only own as much as she’ll give me
And I don’t even own that
My muse is not a dog
But a rather fickle cat
But I need her
So I heed her when she calls
In the dead of night
Tip toeing through the house
Switch on a light
I don’t write
Header photo: the iconic out door cinema in Winton – to sit under the stars watching a movie on the big screen, hum in an old canvas chair. It’s amazing.
14 thoughts on “The muse is a cat”
That feels like Leonard Cohen thinking ~ George
Is it? I will have to read some Leonard Cohen. Maybe we are similar George.
I grew up hating Cohen and Joni Mitchell because my dad would play the stuff 24/7. I never studied his work at uni. Only when he died did I take a real interest. So glad I did. With your piece today I’ve picked up on the random – it could have been other words, but these are the ones I picked out as Cohen type thinking.
‘I’m going to a funeral today, For a little boy, Who died at play, In a backyard swimming pool’
‘A weed that will twist in their hearts forever’
‘Perhaps we each can take away, Some little piece of parent pain, If only there were enough mourners, To shoulder the blame’
Famous Blue Raincoat was in my head reading them. The subject matter re both aren’t that similar, although both deal with loss. I wish maybe that at uni they gave me Cohen to research/analyse. Anyway, I really like your words ~ George
Oh George I’m so glad you pointed him out to me – I’ve heard him – his name – in the ether – particularly around his death but never looked him up – after you said that this morning I went and bought one of his books on iBooks and started doing some light research (Pinterest for quotes etc) which sounds vague and flippant but a persons thinking is in their words – we can’t hide from them – it just shows up there in our words. Anyway – I am so pleased you bought him to my attention. I think I will enjoy his book.
My old man has I think all books by him and about him. I hope you enjoy the book. As lyricists go he has has to be one of the very best ~ George
The one I’ve got is pretty heavy going and a bit obscure – a lot of religious references – but I can still hear him – will keep looking for his other books
I’m yet to read any of his books. So far just the songs. I’ll check with the old man and see if he’s got a recommendation ~ George
I don’t write
I download.” I totally know that feeling. 😀 There are times when I’m writing, it feels so right and the words are flying so fast. It’s like I’m not writing. I’m transcribing something that already exists. It’s somewhere between awesome and amazing when that happens.
It’s the best feeling – like being plugged in – and feels so desolate without it
100% truth! 😀
Ah yes. The muse of downloading, rather than feeling inspired and letting words flow. I like to say my muse is an unnamed, androgenous creature, changing as needed for the task at hand.
Haha sounds like an imaginary friend
In a way, yes, you’re excactly right. It’s much like that.