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If I ever had the muse…

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We are shaped and fashioned by what we love. Goethe

The muse is a person who serves as an artist’s inspiration. Usually it is a female. And often it is the abstract concept of inspiration.
What is it about an attractive (intriguing) woman that turns an ordinary man into a creative whirlwind? Legs? Maybe…
What magical process enables him to invent, to paint, to write, to compose a masterpiece out of thin air simply by concentrating on the object of his desire?
Love? Admiration? Often…
The best case of ‘muse-relationships’ involve motivation on mental + emotional + spiritual levels as well as some physical attraction. So the muse can be a real person (aka role model), or it can be a created model (doesn’t exist in reality).

But why it always have to be depicted as a female? Can a male be a muse?

Robert Graves said that the male muse doesn’t exist. He said that a female poet must be her own muse, or she is ‘nothing’.

But the dude is dead anyway, so we are going to change the rules and I have to tell you, if I ever had the muse – it would be a man. And if I’d have to choose a character and the quality – it would be Hercule Poirot!

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“Why Poirot?”
Because.
Just because.
He’s calm, smart and fun.
And veryyyy humble! Haha!
You’ll understand my choice better if I’ll remind you his most famous quotes 🙂

  • Ariadne: Doesn’t your intuition tell you anything?
    Hercule Poirot: My intuition tells me… I haven’t finished my breakfast!
  • Sally: I really think you should mind your own business.
    Hercule Poirot: I have tried… but I can’t.
  • Ariadne Oliver: So what did you come up with? I’m dying to know.
    Hercule Poirot: So am I.
  • Mr Waverly: (seeing Poirot is leaving) But you haven’t found my son yet!
    Hercule Poirot: I will give you the address of where he is being held.
    (hands Mr Waverly a piece of paper)
    Mr Waverly: (looks at the paper) It’s blank!
    Hercule Poirot: That is because I am waiting for you to write the address on it.
  • Captain Hastings: (referring to marriage) You ever thought about it?
    Hercule Poirot: In my experience, I have known of 5 cases of women murdered by their devoted husbands.
    Captain Hastings: Yes?
    Hercule Poirot: And 22 husbands murdered by their devoted wives. So thank you. The marriage, it is not for me.
  • (Poirot is sick with the cold. He goes out to post a letter, and is startled by Hastings arriving in his car, honking the horn) 
    Captain Hastings: How is the cold, old boy?
    Hercule Poirot: And now you try to give me the heart attack? I would not be surprised if riding in that car was responsible for my present malady.
    Captain Hastings: She’s much too much of a lady to give anyone a cold. She’s running like a bird since I fitted those new gaskets.
    Hercule Poirot: Birds do not run, Hastings. When you were little you should’ve paid more attention to your lessons in biology.
    Captain Hastings: You’re really in a bad way, aren’t you?
    Hercule Poirot: Well, my friend… As one approaches the end, one begins to see life as it truly is.
  • Hercule Poirot: (about himself) Poirot, he sees things, Madame. It is a habit he cannot change.
  • Hercule Poirot: (On the train, looking out at the beautiful landscape) Look at it, Hastings. Not a building in sight. Not a restaurant, not a theatre, not an art gallery. A wasteland.
    Captain Hastings: I thought you liked the country.
    Hercule Poirot: But this is not the country, my friend. The country is full of trees, and flowers… and public houses. This is a desert.
  • Col. Johnny Race: What are you thinking?
    Hercule Poirot: I was thinking of Molière: ‘La grande ambition des femmes est d’inspirer l’amour’.
    Col. Johnny Race: I wish you’d speak some “known” language…
    Hercule Poirot: “The great ambition of women is to inspire love.”
  • Hercule Poirot: (monologue) I thought I could escape the wickedness of the city by moving to the country. The fields that are green, the singing of the birds, the faces, smiling and friendly. Huh! The fields that are green are the secret burial places of murders most hideous. The birds sing only briefly before some idiot in tweed shoots them. And the faces all smiling and friendly, what do they conceal?
  • Captain Fowler: Well, what do you say, Mister Poirot?
    Hercule Poirot: One cannot hurry the little grey cells, Captain.
  • “It is completely unimportant,” said Hercule Poirot. “That is why it is so interesting,” he added softly.
  • Simeon Lee: You don’t look very tough.
    Hercule Poirot: Hercule Poirot is a detective not a bodyguard, monsieur.

So Here he is (David Suchet is the best Poirot):

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What most inspires you to be creative? Choose anything 🙂 Haha

-coffee (from 14 cups and up)
-deadlines
-legs, legs and…more legs?
-men, who can walk in six inch heels
-the smell of used socks
-meteor showers near your house
-add your own 😬

And who would be your muse (if you had any)?

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67 replies

  1. Love this!!!!!!! And Hercule is one of my favorite characters. I think my muse is in nature. So, perhaps Gaia? Although, she is female. Definitely NOT Cpt Planet! lol (My kids loved that show!)

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  2. Really interesting and thought-provoking post. Thank you!

    Although real people often inspire our creativity, for me, personally, I usually think of a “muse” as something a bit more ethereal. With real people, they come and go, love us then leave us (after one fashion or another), and so those relationships can be pretty volatile, or at least uncertain. The muse is something/someone more eternal. They may not be utterly devoted like a lover could be, but maybe they’re more like a constant friend who encourages us, inspires us, and (when needed) gives us a push in the right direction. I also think it’s possible for a muse to take different forms at different times. Although it’s a little different than how I think of it, I like Kinky’s idea of a real-world person (Elon Musk, etc.) who inspires us to reevaluate our sense of what’s possible.

    And your suggestion of someone like Hercule Poirot is really wonderful. The idea that our muse might be a kind of detective seems to make a lot of sense. After all, detectives in the style of Poirot are extraordinarily observant. They see things others don’t see, they have a special kind of insight into the peculiarities of being human, and they help bring complex and difficult truths to light, often with a touch of grace and humor. (That seems like a cool way, coincidentally, to envision the work of an artist.)

    As for female vs. male muses, I suppose I like a nice pair of legs as much as anyone, but who’s to say for certain what form inspiration should take? In the end, maybe it’s personal. Your post reminded me of something the U.S.-based writer Stephen King says: that for him, the muse has always been a guy, a sort of gruff and unpredictable fellow, often chewing on a half-smoked cigar and not saying too much, but kind and generous, too, when the time is right.

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    1. “detectives in the style of Poirot are extraordinarily observant. They see things others don’t see”- so well said, that’s why I love him, my Poirot ❤️✌️thx for ur great comment 👋 I never heard about Stephen King’s muse, so it was very new & interesting fact 😃

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  3. Third cup of java and my post is starting to resemble ‘hero’ worship!
    Not up to ‘muses’ this AM!
    Thinking more of the GREAT ‘People’ who have made it possible for us to enjoy all things beautiful! Those inventors, planners, engineers and ‘thinkers’.
    Just taking some time to thank them for what they have made possible for Me in My lifetime to see and experience! THANK YOU to those passed, those present!
    Thank YOU to one Ms. RayNotBradbury, for her dedication to LIFE!

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  4. Another dimension explored! Male muse……….so early and only 1 cup of coffee so far, in contention for me would be Elon Musk! This male, can not understand the word ‘impossible’! It might be said that I am again looking through my ‘rose colored’ glasses! I am!
    The previous posters have brought out the “Beauty”, “Nature”, “Kindness” and “Artistic” abilities of their contestants for the Male muse position!
    Please, do not judge me too harshly for my ‘ before sufficient caffeine ‘ post. I will return the favor non judgmental! 🙂 🙂 🙂
    Did someone mention “legs”………………………..

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      1. Might be a case of ‘hero’ worship, more than anything!
        “LEGS” 1983 ZZTop Band. on YouTube. For you’re listening pleasure while in airport. However, you have to listen to the lyrics!

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      1. Thank you Rebecca! Your response has won you,….. 1/2 of your favorite pizza, and 2 gallons of coffee! 🙂

        PS I had to eat the other half on the way to you yours!

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      2. Meant to say “send you yours”
        No more coffee!
        If Ray finds out I sent you extra coffee, she will probably give you a good butt beatin! (in words only)

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      3. Due to the nature of “K”, one must be cautious where they bite! Also, I will have to share the results of your bites with other ‘posters’. Results, “soft’ bite, “medium” bite,
        “hard” bite and lastly “wolf” bite, will all be measured on ‘K’s” “bite-o-Meter.

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  5. Another epic from Ray! It’s excellent. “But the dude is dead anyway” is just too funny! I was quite offended by what that Robert Graves said, that the male muse doesn’t exist. But he is apparently dead so I need not worry!
    I dont have a muse…. I have inspirations. From true artists I would say. But also from nature.

    “What most inspires you to be creative?” Coffeeeeeeeee. (Not really but it makes me move faster 🙂 ) Nature inspires me! Silence! Solitude! And Ray who is helping me get my funk back by making me laugh!

    Hey, did you know that Hercule Poirot is Belgian?? I’m half Belgian. I should seek my inner Belgian and find some calmness like Poirot.

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    1. Poirot is the part of my daily routines. Im usually (if i can) watching him (series) just because its so relaxing haha.. Nature is very inspiring, true. Biggest inspiration probably 🙂 and what we’d do without 14 cups of coffee, right?
      Yes, I know he’s half belgian. His accent is sooooooo sweet 🙂
      Robert Graves – F@@K him! We want our MALE muses haha (preferably with not so much clothes on lol)

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      1. Exactly! It is not just his good looks (he is indeed sexyyyyy). It is him as a person. How he is, what he does. He has goodness inside of him that just shines right through! And the creativity is astonishing!! When you for example compare him to Pablo Picasso, one of the greatest artists of all time (so they say), the guy was a complete ass!! He was a prick! He might have created incredible art but if the goodness of a person is not there, he can never be a muse. (I would by the way never have a female muse, it would feel wrong!)

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      2. He’s def inspiration (for many). Very creative, talented, great actor. I do believe he’s kind. I actually appreciate the most: kindness & how calm person is. I’m not sure I can be in the loud environment for too long haha.
        But sometimes it’s fun
        Pablo is a prick maybe, but he’s still a genius 🙂 I think the muse should be a mix of kindness & evilness lol (sounds awful?). In my eyes-the muse shouldn’t be toooooo perfect personality.

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