Friday, April 19, 2019

Micro Poetry ~ "I am my own muse ..."

"I am my own muse, the subject I know best."
Frida Kahlo 

Greetings to all poets on Day 19 of Poetry Writing Month. By this time, I am sure that many a muse is feeling torn between exhilaration and exhaustion. For our challenge today, I am returning to one of my favourite prompts, the Micro Poem of between one and twelve lines in a form of your choice.

By way of inspiration, I have chosen the poem, aptly entitled, April, by Pulitzer Prize winner and U.S. Poet Laureate, the late W.S. Merwin.

W.S. Merwin
(1927 - 2019)

Writing in the Guardian, Jay Parini described Merwin’s mature style as “his own kind of free verse, [where] he layered image upon bright image, allowing the lines to hang in space, largely without punctuation, without rhymes ... with a kind of graceful urgency.” Although Merwin’s writing has undergone stylistic changes through the course of his career, a recurring theme is man’s separation from nature.

Do you have a recurring theme which continues to inspire you to write poetry? I believe that poetry is at its most authentic when the poet becomes, as Frida Kahlo puts it so eloquently, his/her own muse.

I do hope that your own muse will speak to you today as you return to your unique theme. In addition, as this is FRIDAY, a poem in 55 words would be welcomed.


  1. Greetings to all on Easter Friday! It has been a most magical month of poetry so I am looking forward to reading what the muse inspires.

  2. Good morning!! In my experience, about mid-April the writing starts to get weird. So let's just go with that, shall we?

  3. My muse refused to describe herself so I went for the Friday 55,,,

  4. My muse is quite active these wonderful days of April...

  5. Good Morning, All. My writing is a 55 Word Flash job written in A,B,C,D, ... Form.
    All fun, no fun write. I hope it won't be my recurring thought theme. We will see.
    C'est la vie

  6. Wonderful prompt and quote, thank you.

  7. Hello Kerry- thanks for the prompt. I chose to have a conversation with my muse. Happy Easter Friday all!

  8. Love the prompt, Kerry. It shook loose the thoughts that are never off my mind these days.

  9. The recurring theme that has inspired a lot of my poetry over the 30 years I have been writing, is my love of nature! Being in nature, observing nature, and celebrating nature - especially hiking and fishing. My post here is a contemplation on rain, as if it is a collective thinking being. Hope you enjoy.


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