The temperamental muse


I call her Leela, she was alive long before Futurerama, crashing her mason jars to the ground. Leela is my muse, a vivid thing in tantrums looking old and young. A feral ghost tamed with music or scent, Leela writes in fits and starts. Like a dog, she wants out scratching at the door, but the whole wide world is too much, too fast. My eyes are filtered windows with shades she likes to close.

Leela walks the soft corridors of imagination stacked with collector’s jars–words and phrases left pickling in their brine, images caught hatching from autumn pods captured before their wings were dry.

She’s made my thinking parts a messy nest with clots of natty hair and fingernails.

A bird girl, she could be. A problem Thumbelina never birthed.

Who is your muse? Who writes you upside down?


About E. Victoria Flynn

E. Victoria Flynn is a mother and a writer living in Southern Wisconsin. Published in a variety of venues, Victoria is currently writing the first in a series of three fantasy novels based on Cornish folklore. When not taking part in a shrieking dance party or engrossed in her own little fictions, Victoria is keen on art, the natural world and people unafraid to explore their own brilliance.
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4 Responses to The temperamental muse

  1. kario says:

    Wish I knew. She’s elusive and not-of-this-world.

    As always, I love your words.

  2. Karen sosnoski says:

    Loved the image of your muse…reminded me for some reason of exploring the overgrown woods by our house as a kid…the brambles, brilliant poisonous berries, rich smells, sometimes empty bottles, pretty glass found in the brush. Your muse seems untamed, fertile, messy, full of possibility, sometimes dangerous but exciting.

    • pennyjars says:

      This is wonderful, Karen. I love your images. Those are the woods I played in too, itchy, scratchy, and brilliantly green. How about you? What is your muse?

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