Charli Mills flash fiction prompt at the Carrot Ranch this week is to pen something involving a muse. I’ve been busy invoking mine, writing other things and Charli has patiently given me leave from the Rough Writers as I juggle priorities. With a focus on writing about past and present truths at the moment, writing fiction has proved rather difficult here, demonstrating my need to flex this mental muscle with the following 99 Words.
Impatient with her morning rituals
He calls. Encourages. Impatient to begin
Finally she lifts the steaming vessel; “Come on then!”
Glancing over his shoulder, checking she will keep up, he runs
Pushing impatiently at the door to see if it is open
Rushing to their station, delighting in her caress
Twining his limbs with hers and whispering adorations in her ear
Gently licking her fingers as they begin their work
She hugs him tight then yells at him to take his place!
From amuser to a muse
Feline scion of Mnemosyne and Zeus
Sith lord, both mouser and mousa
Forgive me! This turned out more of an exploration on the habits of someone I know but I couldn’t resist the prompt! Try as I might, I suspect you all saw the cat coming but it’s a nice excuse to share a few pictures of the dark lord of my workspace.
NOT from the urban dictionary, but from the Greek, literally meaning “art” or “poetry”. According to Pindar, to “carry a mousa” is “to excel in the arts”. The word probably derives from the Indo-European root men-, which is also the source of Greek Mnemosyne, English “mind”, “mental” and “memory” and Sanskrit “mantra”.