Within the written she resides 

in quiet assurance of her place. 

Lithe and languid, with regal mien, 

she glides from the page bearing gifts.

The mantle, flowing through the ages,

envelops her in verity profound.

Gently musing all the while, 

in soft tones of measure, knowing. 

The voice, breath soft in sublime

caress, whispers, it’s all good and 

good as so ever sought, sighs.

Her fair abstraction, niched in

careful frame, illuminates the

recess where the wayward

seeker dwells. The essence of

comfort, awaits its release from

restraint of time, space

and ethereal sublimity. 

The sweet words roll on.

(Dedicated to the muse, as without her inspiration,

all artistic endeavor would be non-existent. (JAB)

Ancient authors and their imitators invoked Muses when writing poetry, hymns or epic history. The invocation occurs near the beginning of their work. It asks for help or inspiration from the Muses, or simply invites the Muse to sing directly through the author. Originally, the invocation of the Muse was an indication that the speaker was working inside the poetic tradition, according to the established formulas.

For example:

Homer, in Book I of The Odyssey:  

"Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns

driven time and again off course, once he had plundered

the hallowed heights of Troy."

(Robert Fagles translation, 1996)
 


Virgil, in Book I of the Aeneid: 
 

O Muse! the causes and the crimes relate;

What goddess was provok'd, and whence her hate;

For what offense the Queen of Heav'n began

To persecute so brave, so just a man

(John Dryden translation, 1697)

From: The Journey: A Nomad Reflects.

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Comment by Claire Fullerton on August 26, 2016 at 9:25pm

This is one to be read and re-read untold times. Absolutely splendid, Mr. Brennan. Absolutely.

Comment by John Anthony Brennan on August 26, 2016 at 9:43pm

Thank you Ms. Fullerton, as always.

Your kind words always elevate my spirit.

Comment by Colm Herron on August 29, 2016 at 5:09am

In a way it isn't right to quote from your inspired piece John but these lines lingered with me:

Her fair abstraction, niched in

careful frame, illuminates the

recess where the wayward

seeker dwells. 


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Comment by That's Just How It Was on August 29, 2016 at 8:37am

A gifted writer with the words that flow straight into the soul; that's you Jab... wonderful as always ..

Comment by John Anthony Brennan on August 29, 2016 at 10:03am

I'm glad they came across Colm so no worries.

Comment by John Anthony Brennan on August 29, 2016 at 10:04am

Thank you for the vote of confidence Mary

Comment by Claire Fullerton on August 29, 2016 at 10:30am

There is no higher compliment than quoting a poet. Our dear Mr. Brennan is worthy of this and more.

Comment by John Anthony Brennan on August 29, 2016 at 12:25pm

I totally agree with that Ms. Fullerton.

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