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Narrative poetry A visit from my muse leaving me in a state of deep reflection.

Updated on March 23, 2014
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I am a writer of poetry and fiction. I especially love flash fiction. My name is Ruby, and I live in Southern Illinois. I am a retired R.N.

Desperation when the old writer's block sets in.

My muse companion has left me without a poetic clue

She wispered, " Ruby you write your best when you're feeling down and blue "

I told her, " Just look at the sun shining so brightly outside

How can i feel blue when the new buds are emerging through the soil with such unstoppable pride "

She gently tugged on my ear to remind me, she could stop coming around

I felt a tear forming and lowered my head down

That's when i asked her, " Do you like me better when i write about a love that went wrong? "

She looked at me again with a wistful frown

Telling me, " Ruby you know me so well

you've always been there the many times i fell

Please don't tell me you've finally got over being sad, could it be you've found serenity? "

That's when i began to say the prayer and found i understood the words were written for someone like me

I watched my muse tuck her quill inside her little tote bag

She then turned and looked deep within my eye's, begging me to feel like an old worn out rag

I knew if she left me, no more could i write about hurt and frazzled fray

So i put on a CD and listened to George sing, ' He stopped loving her today '

For just a brief moment i saw my muse smiling as she went quietly on her merry way

I knew without a doubt she'd return when old memories resurfaced again another day.




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    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Vellur. Boy do I agree! Sometime I want to write all day, then other days I want to do anything but write. Thank you so much...

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      Nithya Venkat 

      3 years ago from Dubai

      Beautiful! Our muse can be very elusive we must ensnare muse whenever muse pops up or we will totally lose it.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello annart. It's just a little ditty. Happy you thought it was humorous. That old writer's block is a drag. Thank you...

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      Ann Carr 

      4 years ago from SW England

      What it is to have a muse and how tiresome to lose it!

      We all get that feeling, I suppose. Lovely poem with depth of thought and a little humour.

      Ann

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello truthfornow, ' ain't it the thuth! Ha.. Thank you for coming by...

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      truthfornow 

      4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Oh the sad ole muse I know so well. Funny how she is cheering you on. Very creative.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh Thandi, I'm laughing so hard i can hardly type. You are soo funny. It is a joy to know you.....

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      4 years ago from Lagos

      wow! another of your interesting tales. just like your muse companion cheered on, please, Ruby write of a love gone sour. pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Genna. Thank you for kind words. I really don't think of myself as a poet, rather a story teller who likes to rhyme. Martie is spot on with her remark. We must write from the heart to feel the words, but feeling down brings one further down, a happy medium would be nice. I don't know if my muse will go along with this. Maybe i'll catch her on a good day. Ha..Thank you dear friend..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Ed. I know about taking antidepressants. I was on one some years back, and like you, i didn't have any feelings. I wasn't sad or happy. I have learned that we all have highs and lows, we just have to roll with the flow. Glad you are back and feeling better. I think it was about four years ago that we wrote about the ghosts, what a hoot. Thank you my friend....

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello snakeslane. So nice to see you again. My muse came back, i've written another one, pretty dark. Thank you. Happy you enjoyed.

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      Genna East 

      4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      “I watched my muse tuck her quill inside her little tote bag…”

      It’s lines like these that establish you as a true poet, Ruby. We have all experienced this with our muse, and you have described it so well!

      I loved Martie’s comment, which I think echoes your poem perfectly:

      “It is actually a profound issue - the fact that our muse feeds herself with our emotional aches and pains instead of with our joy and happiness.”

      Voted up +++. :-)

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      ahorseback 

      4 years ago

      Ruby darling! We could always write about ghosts and forget the sad stuff ! A side issue for me , I recently stopped taking Zoloft for angst and depression , why ? Because I believe that it only dumbs me down so that I didn't feel anything at all ! I'd rather be normal and even depressed somewhat than a zombie . not condemning what others might need but for me , I'm "normal" again my friend ! Awesome write my friend !

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      4 years ago from Canada

      Ms always, as always you hit the nail on its proverbial head. I love this.

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello nighthag. So many can relate. I guess it happens to us all. " fickle hands " Ha, love that! Thank you....

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ricky, So nice to see you. Happy you thought it was creative and unique. Thank you...

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      K.A.E Grove 

      4 years ago from Australia

      I am always a fan of writing out our writers block and this was a lovely way to do it, your muse is a lot sweeter then mine, yet they all hold the fate of our creativity in their fickle hands...

      really enjoyed this one, I could easily relate....

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      4 years ago from West Virginia

      My dear Ruby, so unique and creative!! Such a respectful and inspirational moment about a true country legend. Best wishes always!!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Audrey Pinning. So nice to meet you. I love your comment, i'd much rather smell the roses than be blue. Thank you for visiting my page. Blessings.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      This was great Ruby and I love that song. I get inspired by up songs and just as quickly by down songs.

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      Audrey Selig 

      4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Ruby - I t enjoyed your narrative poem. Some people say we write our best work when we are down. I know if I am blue about the terrible wind and cold weather, I can start a hub, and the feeling goes away. Your creativity in this poem does make us reflect on our own thoughts and when we do our best writing. Someone seems to tell us to get with the program or to just keep feeling blue. We often choose to get rid of the blue feeling and smell the roses. Thanks for sharing and so nice to meet you on this creative path. Blessings. Audrey Pinning

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Eddy. Thank you for a precious comment my dear friend. Have a good one...

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      Eiddwen 

      4 years ago from Wales

      A very precious poem from you Ruby my talented friend.

      Here's to so many more for us both to share on here.

      Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello sujaya. Thank you for thinking my work was creative. I'm happy you enjoyed...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Tim. I'm so glad you thought it was a fun hub, and i'm sure there will be more. I must make my muse stop taking vacations. Ha..Thank you...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Audrey. So nice to see you and your comment is wonderful. I am thrilled you related through your emotions. Thank you..Cheers.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh Joda, when am i ever going to learn to proofread at least twice before i push that publish button? lol..I corrected my spelling and thank you my friend...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello manatita. I sooo agree with your philosophy concerning humor. I love to laugh. I am happy to know you are witty and share jokes with your patients. Thank you so much..Happy smiles..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello epbooks. Happy to see you again. Thank you for coming by my page..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Jodah, I'll trade muses with you. Hee..I am always glad to see you have written another story/poem, i enjoy the many varieties. Thank you for a well done comment...

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      sujaya venkatesh 

      4 years ago

      good creative work

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      Tim Mitchell 

      4 years ago from Escondido, CA

      A fun hub from beginning to end, which this poem promises will not end here :) Nice!

      tim

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      Audrey Hunt 

      4 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I hear that the best muses do this. (Leaving us in a state of deep reflection.) I love your reflections and the way the reader finds her own emotion riding on every word.

      Wonderfully done, beautiful Ruby!

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Oh Ruby, I just revisited this poem and noticed the title at the top. You may like to check how "poetry" is spelt...lol.

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      manatita44 

      4 years ago from london

      Fun is good.

      Keep it going. I laugh with my patients every day. I even crack jokes! All spiritual teachers worth their salt speak of this. It will lesson life's burdens. Humour is a great saviour.

      Loving thoughts, my friend.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Dear Martie, i agree. The heart keeps remembering while the brain attempts to move on, unless you get dementia, God forbid. lol..We are a complicated species for sure. I think if we think more about others than ourselves our brains can outwit the heart. My i'm getting too deep here, anyhow, we've come a long way Girlfriend. I love you too....

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      Elizabeth Parker 

      4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Very well written poem!

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey I can relate Ruby, my muse often takes a break and leaves me. I think he or she gets frustrated that I don't stick to one type of writing...lol. Maybe there are only so many muses to go around between all us writers and we have to share them, so it's inevitable we are left on our own from time to time. When writer's block hits I find the best thing to do is write about 'it'. Well done, nice poem.

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      Martie Coetser 

      4 years ago from South Africa

      It is actually a profound issue - the fact that our muse feeds herself with our emotional aches and pains instead of with our joy and happiness. I envy writers who manage to write from their brains instead of from their hearts (where the muse always dwells).

      Love you, Ruby!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Linda, funny how days go by and you have no desire to write, then some days you want to write all day. I like your comment about our muse keeps up with our daily path, so true. Thank you so much....

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Leslie. If my writing puts a bounce in your step, what do you think your comments do for me? Dance baby dance! Thank you so much. You are so generous. Thank you for sharing...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Blossom. Thank you. Happy you thought it was a great topic. Smiling...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Jo. I see you could relate. Thank you for thinking i was creative and i'm thrilled you liked it...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Frank. You too? I just read your story about the psychopathic teenager and had chills. You are such a great writer, your muse is never far away. Thank you for reading about my muse...

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      Linda Rogers 

      4 years ago from Minnesota

      Love the whole concept of writing about when our muse steps out. Life is an up and down and the muse keeps up with our daily path. Beautiful poem Ruby.

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      Karen Silverman 

      4 years ago

      wow..I guessed George Strait or George Jones -and then...i saw the video!

      too cool - this awesome poem Ruby!

      i LOVE your work - rain or shine - it leaves me with a bounce in my step..

      hugs/sharing/have a great sunday!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Manatita, I'm fine. Thank you for caring. At one time i couldn't write about anything but sadness. I am trying to branch out into some fun writing, but my muse keeps bugging me. LOL. Cheers...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Audrey. I guess everyone who likes to write loses their muse, so we can write about them, that'll teach em to not stay away too long. Hee..Thank you my poet friend..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello DDE, you are so kind with your comments. Thank you for coming by.Happiness..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Jo, so nice to see you again. My muse is a vixen and usually wins me over. Ha..I have no idea where she goes, i guess to Museland. Hee..Thank you...

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      A great topic for a hub and you've done it so well.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      HaHaHa Mike, a poet you are

      I see a rising star

      A poet an author of mysteries galore

      Each episode leaves me wanting more

      Thank you my friend

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Ruby, I know just how you feel, this is very creative and I loved it!!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Bill. Thank you for the beautiful reflection comment, and yes, George can make a grown woman cry. LOL...Warmest Regards..

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      Frank Atanacio 

      4 years ago from Shelton

      I agree with Audrey in stating a true fact we have all struggled with the absence of our muse .. I love the share Always.. voting up and sharing too :)

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      manatita44 

      4 years ago from london

      Nice song. Hope that you are ok. Loving thoughts.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      I so enjoyed this Ruby--we have all struggled with the absence of our muse--such an eloquent write here about it--

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I enjoyed this read such a beautiful poem in a special way.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 

      4 years ago

      What a great reflective poem. It appears your muse has allowed you one last great poem before she carried on out into where ever muses go.

      really enjoyed reading, like the song too. Shared & Up! :-)

      Blessings for you..Shalom

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      mckbirdbks 

      4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Oh Hey Ruby, no time to snooze

      They’re your words to pick and choose

      You can do a jig or wear blue suede shoes

      You sing a snappy tune or sing the blues

      They’re your words as they are your views

      So grab the collar of your lazy muse

      Pour a drink then pass the booze

      You are a writer, you paid your dues

      When you hit a bump you receive a bruise

      Your muse is keener than you know whose

      So grab your quill, if you snooze you lose

      The end

      Now seriously pass the booze

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      George can definitely get one in the mood. What a beautiful reflection my friend. Nicely done!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mar, don't worry' i'm happy. I had this urge to write and nothing came, so i wrote about my mean ole muse, she's bad. LOL. One of my followers read one of my old hubs i'd written two years ago and i reread it, sad for sure. Thank you dear one. Love, Ruby.

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      Maria Jordan 

      4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Oh Ruby,

      I just heard this song on the radio the other day, cried and thought of you...

      your reflections are heartfelt and hopeful. Hugs, Maria

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