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!

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


Invention of Monsters


how does fear manifest itself for you — 
does it keep you from doing what you love?
from doing your best?
from putting yourself out in the world?

does your fear keep you clinging to things
which serve no purpose?
which offer false security?
which are familiar but fatal?

does your fear demand that you ignore
your inner voice?
your dreams and goals?
everything you know to be true about yourself?

or does your fear lie to you —
convince you that you can’t?
convince you that you shouldn’t?
convince you that you never will?

what if you learned that fear does not exist?
that fear is only thought?
that you make it all up?

what then would you manifest instead?

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©2013, Jen Payne
Image: Invention of the Monsters, Salvador Dalí, 1937