How to be a Muse

Full-mooned and glazed

at an angle, ready for Titian to continue working

after returning from an unwanted

vacation. Little Europe prizes the set of

copper pots with matching lids,

sees them as a way of measuring stability.

Stillness does not yet have the shortest lifespan.

Falling asleep is welcome only in parts

to discourage dreaming — she has been warned the boldest

are the hands.

Sprawled across some old-world props she watches

something die, thinking

there goes another who thought the eyes

could outsmart the lips. Watches a sticky spoon

in such a frenzy

the mind goes hungry without checking for poison.

#poetry #MargarytaGolovchenko