My Irritations, Aggravations and Inspirations

August 12, 2010 “Muse and Darkness”

I offer this for Thursday Poets Rally.

I write love poetry mostly, because
my heart is full of it for my Love, and
that love for her is almost always my muse.
However, sometimes I must vent life’s
frustration, and so…
Today I make a departure inspired by
two poems by a “true” poet. I say “true”
because, in my opinion, she writes real,
heartfelt, visceral pieces that I find inspiring,  pure, and
Go see for yourself at Random Thoughts and Musings.

“Muse and Darkness”

weary of platitudes and pleasantries
tired of obsequious praise
caught in a web of niceties
an insipid suffocating malaise

Muse and Darkness haunt me
possessing my poet’s pen
daring me to write pure and true
exposing the me that’s under my skin

baring the nerves so you know how I feel
showing my blood pulse through my veins
flaying muscle from bone to see why I move
to hide scars on my heart, the stains of the pains

Muse and Darkness compel me
to release my fear and lay down my pride
and pick up a sharper pen with truer ink
tear a door in my heart and invite you inside

©tlh   8/12/2010

Listen to this here:

(Image courtesy of artist)

Thanks, Red


53 responses

  1. That web of niceties does become draining at times. I feel this poem Tracy.

    August 11, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    • Thanks, Cindy…I was hoping others could relate to this. Thank You 🙂

      August 15, 2010 at 8:21 pm

  2. hmm.. I hear you, Tracy..
    But on those days when muse and darkness take over, it’s that web of niceties that seems like a glimmer of hope.. 🙂
    A good poem venting out some “stuff”! This venting is totally need every once in a while, just to shake off the feeling 🙂

    August 12, 2010 at 1:11 am

    • As always, Kavita, I truly appreciate your comments. Thanks for giving your time 🙂

      August 15, 2010 at 8:22 pm

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  4. Moving. Every now and then it does us good to snarl, and dig deeper into our psyches for the raw emotion that makes up our humanity. Well written.

    August 12, 2010 at 4:28 am

    • Thank you for visiting my blog, and for giving your time to read and comment, I appreciate it. 🙂

      August 15, 2010 at 8:24 pm

  5. I also yearn to pick up that sharper pen, to speak something that I have not yet been able to speak. Thanks for this. Enjoy your site. – Bill

    August 12, 2010 at 5:01 am

    • Thank you, Sir, your comments are very welcome and always insightful from what I’ve read. Come back often 🙂

      August 15, 2010 at 8:26 pm

  6. Impressive.
    I really like this.
    It’s my kind of subject.
    The last verse was pure class

    August 12, 2010 at 5:20 am

    • I certainly respect your work and that makes your comment important to me…Thank You 🙂

      August 15, 2010 at 8:28 pm

  7. Great job,
    a poet shall be able to write any subject he desires….

    what a treat.
    Glad that you play along the Rally game,
    have fun visiting!

    August 12, 2010 at 5:26 am

    • Thank you, Jingle…you’re a blessing 🙂

      August 15, 2010 at 8:29 pm

  8. sometimes a sharp pen is just what we need to tear that door and allow our what needs to be…

    August 12, 2010 at 5:47 am

    • Brian, I’m always pleased to receive comments from you…Thank You 🙂

      August 15, 2010 at 8:30 pm

  9. Wonderful job on your intro poem and would recognize Amanda’s work anywhere. Love the last stanza of that poem. Thank you for your Rally day post. 🙂
    Peace, Tracy.

    August 12, 2010 at 6:16 am

    • I love the header on your blog, by the way, Tracy.

      August 12, 2010 at 6:21 am

      • Thanks for noticing the header…My own photograph 🙂 You can see the original on the Flickr feed. 🙂

        August 15, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    • It is, as always, my pleasure to hear from you, Jamie. I always want to hear what you think of my efforts…Thank You 🙂

      August 15, 2010 at 8:31 pm

  10. It’s always good to challenge yourself a bit by attempting types of poetry you don’t usually write. Can totally relate to the weariness you describe in the first stanza, as well as the need to vent through poetry. Nice work, Tracy

    August 12, 2010 at 6:33 am

    • Thank You, Adam…I’m very pleased to hear your comments. Thank you for giving me your time and thoughts. 🙂

      August 15, 2010 at 8:33 pm

  11. mairmusic

    This one is a bit darker than yesterday’s… but the feelings ring true. I did 2 this week also, and both different…

    August 12, 2010 at 6:39 am

    • Thanks for giving me your time, and for the kind comment. I always like to know what you think. 🙂

      August 15, 2010 at 8:47 pm

  12. I can almost hear your words echo (that too just by reading it), very beautifully written. I love it! Great poem!

    August 12, 2010 at 6:59 am

    • 🙂 Thank you so much for that kind comment, and for taking the time to read the piece…Thanks 🙂

      August 15, 2010 at 8:49 pm

  13. Tracy – I’m honored, more than I can say. The poem is beautifully written and I must agree with everyone else … that last stanza is amazing. It reflects exactly what I feel every time I write.

    Best regards …

    August 12, 2010 at 7:35 am

    • Your poems really struck a chord with me…I thank you for giving me inspiration through your work. Thanks for indulging my muse 🙂

      August 15, 2010 at 8:51 pm

  14. Love the imagery! “Flay muscle from bone…” Great! Look forward to reading more!

    August 12, 2010 at 8:56 am

    • Thank You 🙂 Thanks for visiting and commenting…I hope to see you here again 🙂

      August 15, 2010 at 8:53 pm

  15. a great poem…glad you tested yourself and tried something different..cheers Pete

    August 12, 2010 at 9:12 am

    • Thank you for visiting and giving your time to read…it means a lot to me.
      All the One Stop folks are wonderful.

      August 15, 2010 at 8:55 pm

  16. I like it. Thank you for sharing.

    August 12, 2010 at 9:20 am

    • I’m very glad you like it, and it’s my pleasure to share. Thanks much for visiting 🙂

      August 15, 2010 at 8:56 pm

  17. lifeinarecipe

    Light vs Dark. Can’t have one without the other. They fight it out at dusk and at dawn. Through your pen with words you share your poetic struggles. Great poems they are too..thanks!

    August 12, 2010 at 10:55 am

    • Thanks, My Northern Friend 🙂 I’m always pleased to see your smiling face here in my little world. Thank you for the kind words, too. 🙂

      August 15, 2010 at 8:58 pm

  18. Visceral and heartfelt, my friend. I really appreciate the honesty in this. 🙂

    August 12, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    • Thank you, Tony. I hold your comments in high regard. Thanks for giving me your time. 🙂

      August 15, 2010 at 9:00 pm

  19. Tracy this poem has too much fervor in it, and trust me, I literally felt the pen on my heart in the last stanza..!!

    August 12, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    • I meant to squeeze every drop of fervor I could…Thanks, Ilakya, your comments are so very much appreciated.

      August 15, 2010 at 9:09 pm

  20. This one has touched me in a profound way…because I know where it’s coming from. Challenging yourself is a good thing…and we all experience days like that, I have always believed in you and your talent…and even in draining times…know that your light shines bright everywhere. Told you this one will fly….and it did!!!!!! Much love x

    August 12, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    • You know, Amanda, and because of that fact, your comment holds a very special place in my heart. Thanks for being part of this growing little world of mine 🙂 Your kindness shines.


      August 15, 2010 at 9:16 pm

  21. You voiced every writer & poet’s struggle wonderfully… how we ache & the pain it sometimes took to really pour our hearts and voices in a work.. Superbly done 🙂

    August 13, 2010 at 4:18 am

    • Thank you very much for giving your time to visit, read, and comment, your words are very much appreciated. I hope you will come back. 🙂

      August 15, 2010 at 9:18 pm

  22. A beautiful touching poem…….

    August 13, 2010 at 6:00 am

    • Thank you 🙂 It’s kind of you to visit and give your time to read and comment. Please come again 🙂

      August 15, 2010 at 9:20 pm

  23. I really like this departure from the light into the darker recesses. The last stanza is perfection.

    August 13, 2010 at 6:16 am

    • Patti…Your comments are important to me, and this one makes me SMILE 🙂 Thank you very much.

      August 15, 2010 at 9:21 pm


    have a smiling day,
    thanks for the support and tolerance…
    way to go,
    your poetry is unbeatable.

    August 14, 2010 at 7:23 am

    • Thanks for everything, Jingle, especially the kind comments 🙂

      August 15, 2010 at 9:22 pm

  25. i get wat ur saying…its great to vent ur darker side sometimes…wonderful last liner:)

    August 16, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    • Thank you for giving your time to visit and read, and for you kind comment.

      August 16, 2010 at 8:13 pm

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