The Tenacity of Inspiration


Tell me! Tell me!

Where do stories come from?
How do they suddenly appear like this?
Rattling doors and windows,
demanding to be let in —
this storm surge of memory —

Tell me! Tell me!

It’s my turn now!
Like a petulant child,
stomping her feet —
dogged and determined —
she must get her way.

Tell me! Tell me!

And all the muses conspire,
send whispers on winds,
signs in dreams,
coincidence and happenstance.

Tell me! Tell me!

• • •

Poem ©2013, Jen Payne
IMAGE: Head Bombarded with Grains of Wheat (Particle Head Over the Village of Cadaques) – Salvador Dali, 1954


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