I love this question! Yes, I feel a muse is a very real, tangible force although I'm not certain how to describe it. I believe it is the metaphor. To me, it isn't always there, it only comes in times of stark vulnerability and honesty from my soul. That is where it lives and that is where it breathes words. Sometimes I feel it is resting, just below the surface, allowing me to experience, inhale, renew, and perhaps learn that others words are just as important, if not more important than mine for a time, and that I should allow them to filter in and refresh my spirit.
My muse drifts over me, awakens me, like ardrenlin, surging through me, and propels me into writing, a line here, a word there, until I feel the electricity of the meaning and I blend it all together. I feel a good metaphor is most definitely something no writer can do without. I feel it is the soul of a poet.
To me, my muse is the metaphor, a very real part of my soul that allows me to compare one thing to another, and my deepest wish is express the ordinary into the extraordinary.
[This message has been edited by Irish Rose (edited 10-16-2000).]