THE MUSE | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, September 07, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, September 07, 2019

THE MUSE

Each writer born must have a muse, 

Or so I’m told, for if they do, 

And if they should, do they know how 

To let it in or haven’t found

A way to hear it whispering 

Like mine, who tells me everything, 

And always watches after me 

To heed the way I ramble free.

For years before I touched a pen, 

It’s always loved the little wren 

That plays, and sees me in this way, 

Both in the dark and light of day.

And when I don’t know what to say, 

It doesn’t coddle me per se. 

In fact the muse is very wise 

Unlike myself when I surmise,

And get in trouble; to the point, 

For when it sees I’m out of joint 

It doesn’t wear dark robes to judge 

Or lets me hang, it doesn’t budge.

And never does it find me dull, 

To serve a life without a lull; 

This poet’s mind is quite Byzantine

And that’s because the brain is mine.

No other like it will you find; 

I never seek, or gravitate. 

Just like the charge it acclimates, 

The muse is on my family tree;

A special branch; some will agree. 

For what it knows is every truth 

Since the time of birth & from my youth, 

It doesn’t need to pull a tooth.

It doesn’t care for rational, 

It loves me unconditional. 

From setting moon to rising sun 

The Muse, the Mind & I are One.

Hasan Maruf teaches English in DPS STS School, Dhaka. He entertains himself by looking at things from odd angles.

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