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The Muse By a Writer

Updated on May 9, 2017

Hiking Requires a Muse of sorts.

Thank you Jacob for being a muse on this climb.
Thank you Jacob for being a muse on this climb. | Source

The Death of The Muse or a Bargain

Open my eyes you faithful muse but know I do not need you

Bound by tethers made of hemp I accept what is my do

Hurt and bleeding I understand I am but a sacrificial lamb

What friends I had no longer give a care or a damn

Life has left me in such great pain and sorrow

I just cannot a new thought about your tomorrow

So muse I pose a question deep and steep with truth

Do you need me or might it be that you are a child’s lost tooth

Irrelevant with out me to make the verse

Could it be that you need me worse

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      Ann Carr 4 months ago from SW England

      Poetry is subjective; it comes out the way it's meant to, from your heart. A little honing sometimes but basically one's style is your own. That's my opinion anyway, for what it's worth!

      Keep writing, Eric!

      Ann

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      Eric Dierker 4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Ann. Sorry I missed this yesterday. I like doing poetry. I wooed my wife with it or says she. I think the format is seemingly unsophisticated, I recently have studied different forms but it just does not come out of me that way. Thank you for the encouragement.

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      Ann Carr 4 months ago from SW England

      Didn't know you could write poetry, Eric! Great stuff. I liked the rhythm and your words are powerful.

      Ann

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      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sorry to have missed this melissae1963. Because you are so right.

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      Melissa Reese Etheridge 6 months ago from Tennessee, United States

      Writing poetry calms the soul.

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      Eric Dierker 7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mel you always lift my spirits and remind me that life is not all that serious most of the time.

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      Mel Carriere 7 months ago from San Diego California

      My wife knows I am two-timing her with my muse already, but she doesn't take her seriously. One day this illicit love affair will hit her like a ton of bricks, and that day it will be either feast or famine on the Carriere homestead.

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      Eric Dierker 7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mel I think the B**ch is a tyrant! Clearly one needs to find the hardest rotgut whiskey, drink a shot to let her in and then finish the bottle to make her stop. She has no respect for personal boundaries. Oh who am I kidding, even though she is a pain I love so much. Wait was I just talking about my muse or my wife? I hope my wife does not find out about her.

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      Eric Dierker 7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I really like that Demas. I am afraid I would have to plead guilty to "muse abuse". So often she comes knocking and I go fishin.

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      Eric Dierker 7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lori, today we will not hit a climb. Just a hike. But we will lose and gain over one thousand feet. The me is we, and my pack. My wife made it clear that I am not allowed to climb alone. Climbing to me is when you use both feet and hands. I look forward to writing a poem of it. Thank you so much for being one of my bestest encouragers. I really look forward to visiting with Anna more at: https://letterpile.com/serializations/Searching-fo...

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      Eric Dierker 7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well Bill it is your's and Ruby's fault I am doing it. I am still afraid of falling out of the nest before my wings are spread.

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      Mel Carriere 7 months ago from San Diego California

      Wow, heady stuff. Are we really just the miserably underpaid lackeys of Madame Muse? Can we go on strike and shut off the flow of inspiration she infuses us with upon her fickle whim? Do we want to? I'm going to spend the rest of the first free morning I've had in a long time musing about this. Great stuff.

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You far surpass me in poetry, brother. Nicely done!

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      Lori Colbo 7 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Loved this Eric. And I'd like to add, "Climb, Forrests, Climb." And...be careful.

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      Demas W Jasper 7 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      I think my relative Edna St. Vincent Milay still thinks there is hope, if I keep struggling. I am getting closer to her face-to-face appraisal.

      Be careful though, so as not to be accused of Muse abuse.

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      Eric Dierker 7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks buddy I will come back to it this evening and make some adjustments. Your friendship and direction are much appreciated.

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      Eric Dierker 7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Dora, I have a lot to learn and that makes me excited about poetry. Same with short stories. But boy o boy am I having fun with it,

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      manatita44 7 months ago from london

      Nice. The content is charming! The rhythm promising. Add three syllables to the last line as it's marginally weak.

      Did you mean 'due' in the second line? Great effort!

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      Dora Weithers 7 months ago from The Caribbean

      Impressed with your poetic side. Deep thoughts addressed to your Muse. I like your poem.

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      Eric Dierker 7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you for coming by Venkatachari. I have been hiking around near or in the Grand Canyon since about 1964. It is as much a part of me as anything except family and God. And I am blessed where I live to have many excellent hiking places here in the coastal desert.

      The walking in nature meditation practice is awesome. But sometimes it is a tough climb to get to the sublime.

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      Venkatachari M 7 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      This is something new which I didn't ever seen coming from you. Are you there climbing and inflicting pain upon yourself? That's very risky and scary climb. You should be more careful and away from such things.

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      Eric Dierker 7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Terrie my son is very healthy although we had a few years there of trouble as he was just over a month premature and so the lungs are not quite done.

      Terrie, it will be a forty pound 5 mile training hike today. Yes that pain is self inflicted. Funny how we can talk about our emotional pain just the same.

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      Terrie Lynn 7 months ago from Canada

      Hi again Eric. I meant the pain of the climb. Oh no, I hope your son is ok. You cause yourself pain? I hope you have a painless day.

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      Eric Dierker 7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Linda, I appreciate your comment, and I hope you will stick with me on the journey of poetry that I hope has no graduation.

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      Eric Dierker 7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I assure you Terrie any pain I have is self inflicted :-) That is my best friend of 45 years son and mine is the one behind the camera. My son Gabriel was about 40 seconds from being named Jacob. Severe complications and I had about 30 seconds to decide on a cesarean or not. So he was truly an angel.

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      Eric Dierker 7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you John, I am taking the long road on this endeavor of the heart. I am studying hard but then just writing. Somewhere on a dark and rainy day the may meld.

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      Eric Dierker 7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I wonder Ed it writing for those of us that do and I understand that is really only about 5% of us that it may be more like 75% of our voice. I know for me that I write far more than I speak in a day. But as you mention that is a choice of internal silence. It always is great to hear from you and be encouraged.

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      Linda Lum 7 months ago from Washington State, USA

      This is well done my friend. Keep doing this, branching out, trying new things. It suits you well.

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      ahorseback 7 months ago

      Eric , you must write on my friend , ........" write on dude "......;-] . Kind of fun isn't it to leave some mark on the world around us so that our internal silence may not have lived in vain , Besides I have determined that writing is but the other half of our voice. Awesome lines friend.

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      John Hansen 7 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I give a damn, Eric, and good to see you branching out with a bit of poetry. Well done too.

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      Terrie Lynn 7 months ago from Canada

      Hi Eric, nice piece of writing. He looks like a character, just like my Jacob. LOL. I feel your pain.