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Where Art Thou, O Inspiration?

Updated on February 19, 2013

O, Inspiration, you elude me

I wait for your wisdom

My wait is in vain

You taunt, tease, and promise

You flutter around in my head

Like moths around a bright light

O, Inspiration, you are quite evasive

Our relationship is but a dance

I try to follow your lead

But you twirl around me

You make my head spin

I am dizzy from this dance

Breathless and exhausted

My hands reaching for you

As a child reaches for a firefly

And seeks to trap it in a jar

O, Inspiration, you cannot be captured

Like that firefly you, too, will die

Your light will be extinguished

And I will be left with hands empty

Perhaps if I still myself for one small minute

You and I will be in sync

Until that day comes we will continue to dance

And I will savor the small pearls of light

That you leave on my pillow

In the midst of night.


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      Sherri Tuck 4 years ago from Virginia

      Thank you. I think we have all "danced" with inspiration at some point in time,

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      SingingSoul 4 years ago

      I enjoyed the way that the eluding rhythm in this poem reflected the confusing dance described in your words. It was only in the last three lines that there were clear artful work. This makes for a very beautiful combination of words and hidden meaning. well done

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      Sherri Tuck 4 years ago from Virginia

      Thank you. We all dance with inspiration at some point in our lives.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and beautiful. I love this. Real pearls of inspiration. Passing this on.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant poem which I vote up,across and share all around. Enjoy your day.


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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Wonderful poem about the difficulty with inspiration. That line "...the small pearls of light that you leave on my pillow..." is a great one.