Poem: Melpomene Muse of Tragedy

When the sun of my life was shining
The ink on my quill was bone dry
The words on paper had vanished
Under a tongue wet with drink
Flowing with boisterous laughter
Fates must have known I strayed
From my narrow path as a writer
Sending you oh muse Melpomene
As inspiration to rekindle my fire

Burning down my favorite pub
Killing my childhood friends
Before laying low the kingdom 
By assassination of the monarch
Throwing the country into a war
Calling for the blood of young men

Now finding myself in bloody fields
Gripping the quill in campfire light
Finding myself with plenty of words
To write about the horrors witnessed
While lamenting each sunrise on
A new day that may claim my life 
Before I am able to write down 
All the words that I have to say
About you cruel muse Melpomene
Dangling inspiration like a sword
Hanging over Damocles’ throne
Never knowing when it will end
Though knowing it’s always waiting
As motivation to keep creating
Before my book finally closes 

Melpomene take my tribute in ink
Saving my blood to keep praising

The writing prompt is a response to Ingrid over at dVerse asking who is your muse. I wrote invoking Melpomene the Muse of Tragedy.


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14 thoughts on “Poem: Melpomene Muse of Tragedy

  1. So tragic, chilling, and startling! Love how you invoked the muse of tragedy and chaos. It feels so fresh and a tad regretful, like “After all of this, was it worth it?” Definitely getting that vibe from this poem, and I love it. Beautifully, beautifully written with profundity and elegance.

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      1. Yes, exactly. lol… My daughter and I had to look it up in the dictionary. It’s always interesting the things I come across on WP, and this is one thing that I doubt I will forget.

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  2. This is dark and haunting: the idea that you abandoned the Muse, so she got her revenge, and now you must keep writing to appease her so she will let you live another day! Brilliant work on the prompt 🙂

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