*note: there's an explanation of the names below the poem.
My heart, forgive me the affliction
The love you feel I canít resist
I think I found my vocation
This time itís real I have a gist
And I will stand by this conviction
Iíve met my mentors with ovation
The gifts of Mnemosyne and Zeus,
Nine sisters. Each will be my muse
And I will write with inspiration,
And with my verses Iíll amuse,
Iíll stun, bewilder and amaze.
The critics will not get enough
Of words of Thalia, my love.
Iíll travel back through time and space
And lead my readers to the past
With Clioís words Iíll flabbergast
And with perceiving eyes Iíll gaze
And write about years that passed
And resurrect them for the crowd.
Iíll take my reader from the ground,
Enlivened greatly from afar,
High into space to reach the star
And there heíll live forevermore
Urania, Iíve grown unbound!
There is no height that I canít capture!
Iíll tango high above the floor
And praise the holy Terpsichore
For winding me to feel the rapture.
And Euterpe with her golden strings
Will play for me in exaltation.
Polymnia will wake the nation
To listen to a soul that sings!
Oh Calliope, letís hear a tale
The youth is hungry for you word
Half-drowsing and quite bored
The youth is tired of the stale.
It needs a hero to acclaim
Oh Calliope, donít let me fail,
Donít let a writer sink in shame.
And for the wisemen, Melpomene,
Create someone they havenít seen
His sorrow let them sympathize
And curse his destiny with spleen.
Erato, help my soul arise!
Iím gathering the information
My loveís effect to aggrandize
And to extend my loveís sensation.
To saturate with inspiration
My broken heart, my blind eyes.
*Calliope the muse of heroic poetry.
*Clio the muse of history.
*Erato being the muse of love poetry.
*Euterpe being the muse of music and lyric poetry.
*Melpomene being the muse of tragedy.
*Polyhymnia (or Polymnia) being the muse of sublime hymns or sacred songs.
*Terpsichore was the muse of dancing and choral song.
*Thalia the muse of comedy and idyillic poetry.
*Urania is the muse of astronomy and spiritual love.
[This message has been edited by Master (edited 05-07-2000).]