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Ways of a Muse
Linda Lee Konichek


Sometimes she brings a brass band
of words, a big, bold, syncopated
4th of July parade, flags waving, proud,
or she will tiptoe into my head,
tickle my ear, then play hide-and-seek
with verbs, hold back a shy noun.
In spring, she waits at the gate,
helps with chores, hops on a horse,
weaves violets in its mane.
I inhale my morning coffee, in summer sun,
while she hums with each bird song, then
nibbles ripe mulberries from purple hands;
suddenly, she laughs deep, and pulls me
to my feet; together we skip, skimming tops
of wildflowers, sip honey with bees..., fly.
In fall she leads me to the creek, so we can float
little red leaf-boats for the fairies, study silent fish,
dance along with the current, catch a cool breeze.
When frost finger-paints windows, she brings a soft
comforter; we snuggle together with poetry books,
warm chocolate-chip cookies, and mugs of hot cider.
Often, she has to push me out of our nest, play
catch-me-if-you-can, startle me with a roll of thunder,
wake me with a snowflake's soft touch,
but she always brings gifts wrapped in rainbows,
tied with dried grasses and one perfect blossom.

From Celebrating the Heartland (Jericho Productions, 2009).
Used with the author's permission.

Linda Lee Konichek is a textbook author, entrepreneur, and former teacher who has always loved poetry, horses, and Wisconsin--not necessarily in that order. For more than 30 years, she has raised Morab horses (a cross between Morgans and Arabians) on a 114-acre farm in Eagle, Wisconsin; her poems tend to reflect the every day miracles that surround her there. Learn more about Linda at


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it rings so true, true, true!
Posted 09/15/2010 11:54 AM
Beautiful, yes my eyes watered !
Posted 09/14/2010 05:00 PM
This poem is so rich in imagery that I could cry. Beautiful visions here!
Posted 09/14/2010 08:11 AM

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