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Young Writers Describe Their Muses

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages students to write, helps them improve and connects them with audiences through the Newspaper Series (and youngwritersproject.org) and the Schools Project (ywpschools.net). This week’s prompt: Inspiration: Describe your muse.

Drip drop, tick tock

tears streaming with the clock.

Under, over, through and through

and on my rainbow gently flew.

 

Straightened out my rainbow lies

with five colors, now five lines.

The storm clouds lodged inside my throat

produce a pure, unholy note.

 

Its piercing cry does say my name;

some sounds just never stay the same.

Whether pitchy, rueful tone,

with music I am bound to drone.

 

Sleep, no, wake me up, I say!

It makes much better break of day.

That life creates, no, not a snooze,

Rhythmic, gentle sound: My Muse.

Snow falls

Light and soft

Like the down

Of a duckling

New snow

On old ground

 

Soft as silk

Quiet as a breath

Cold as winter’s skin

Coats everything in white

It just falls

Doesn’t stop for anyone

 

You can’t stop

The snow from falling

Anymore than you can stop

The sun from shining

The clouds from moving

The smoke from drifting

 

Snow doesn’t stop for anyone

Snow is the toughest

Element of all

Follow the motto

Don’t stop for anyone

Pure as light

 

Be the beauty that

People want to see

Be the maker of

Your own future

Don’t let people

Tell you what to be

 

Be like snow.

 

I have always been a strong believer in looking at the bigger picture, and traveling has only made that way of thinking more apparent to me. I feel as if the quote from Kalu Ndukwe Kalu explains it best, “The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.” I have always pondered this thought of life and death and what it means to live a meaningful life. I know that regardless of what I end up doing with my life I will have impacted some people, my family and my friends, but I would also like to live a life that is meaningful to even more people. I want to live a life where I get to constantly help others and impact their lives or even just their day in a positive way.

I also find motivation when reading the quote from Eleanor Roosevelt, “Do one thing every day that scares you.” I am a strong believer in the truth behind this quote. If you aren’t doing things that scare you then you are, without a doubt, not living your life to its fullest potential. We all have the opportunity to do so much with our lives and to go on hundreds of adventures if we could only be willing to step outside of our shells, be daring and experience life, as opposed to just going through the motions and living the life that you are supposed to or are expected to live.

And finally, another quote that I turn to for inspiration, especially when I am feeling upset, “If you’re reading this ... Congratulations, you’re alive. If that’s not something to smile about, then I don’t know what is.” (Chad Sugg, Monsters Under Your Head )

 

There is no college like a book

to make us proud and wise,

nor any coach to give us dreams

that let us touch the skies.

A book is like a beating drum

that slams away our worries.

How tasty is a hot plot,

just like rice and curry.