Peanut Butter for the Muse

chocolate and the muse

Does your Muse like chocolate?
Dark or light? Deep or creamy?
Hard or soft serve?

If you don’t know the answer to this question
you may consider taking two actions.

1. Check out my last livestream video class of the Summer
called Chocolate for the Muse (Friday May 22)

2. Read the poem below to get a taste for what I am talking about.

Dear Ones,

Your Muse is so much more than a quirky part of your creative personality coming out on certain days. She holds the keys to your genius, but, she often requires things like Chocolate (dark), or in my case, Peanut Butter (chunky). Lighting her fuse changed my life – it got me looking at things from such a surprising perspective.

Wherever you are on your journey in this moment I am sending a nudge towards lighting your creative fire. I know when those sparks fly we are so much more able to navigate everything that shows up on our path….


Peanut Butter for the Muse

Who is that peaking out from behind the veil?
Winking in the darkness
with the eyes you only sometimes use
She wants to know

Do you dare encounter the Muse?

A word of warning: Don’t look at her with a direct gaze
She may flee from you into her own place
Leaving trails of feathers, the scent of truffles or a storm
and always the air of lady mystery

She uses your secret names to call you
as she rises to the surface of form
But to where is she calling you? To the place she dwells
You ask the address, but she refuses and sighs

Another time perhaps…we do have work to do

Many years could go by before that winking blinks again
When you see her blinking into the space between spaces
Blink Blink Blink Wink Wink
Pay attention as the time of arrival is near this place

Will you come this time and mystery dive?

Should you be worried, you wonder
Well, yes, she quips You could even be scared to life!
Having Muse eyes creates different lives

Don’t ask what will happen or how long it will take
or if you will survive this near miss
Instead risk everything for this
A soul is enlightened by the Muse’s kiss

If you lose her trail again,
there are things you can do to woo her,
but don’t tell her I told you this:

   Ask her what she likes, what she really really likes

My Muse likes to consume my fear with
a chunky peanut butter ball on a bit of dark chocolate.
I leave it for her here
on the drawing board next to a stack of blank paper
Then I listen with the other ears within
and pick up the pen and begin
As I hear her cry out to the starry sky:

Where or where shall I take her?

I wrote this for my Color of Woman students
so they could get to know the philosophy of the Muse better.
Here’s what happened after she heard the poem 

She told me while she appreciated my offering
of poetry, chocolate and peanut butter
I hadn’t gotten it right at all
Although I have heard her say
That nothing is about getting right. 

She said I may have led people astray even further.
But since she is at times a trickster
I decided to ask her a few questions. 

I started with where she lives. This is the answer I got:
I will tell you where I work but not where I live.
That’s personal.
I work from a chair, lacquer red
That is situated at the
Back of your heart on a gimble. 

My lover, who was listening in,
Said – Ah so your muse is
Dimensionally agnostic. 

Yes she said.
Finally you have said something relevant.
Want more from me? get to the canvas
and I will show you what’s next. 

She can be that way, my Muse,
She likes to catch me off guard and if I don’t
take it too personally, we can laugh about it.

At other times she is as gentle as a snowy owl
wrapping me in her feathered cape in total darkness
This all so that I can see better. 

Shiloh Sophia


Chocolate for the Muse
LIVE Friday May 22, 11-4pm

Author: Shiloh Sophia McCloud

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