Unseen Guide


[If you could choose to be a master (or mistress) of any skill in the world, which skill would you pick?]

Imagine. I heard that word at the beginning of a song about the dawn of a new century. It’s a powerful word, and the voice, equally so. It’s a door; it beckons. Open up to the possibilities, it urges.

And so I did. It took a few moments, minutes, whatever, to find (to imagine) of what would I want to be Mistress. I couldn’t exactly picture what accouterments would go along with it, though I think I lean more toward the little winged creatures that flitter by in the blades of grass; gossamer wings outstretched, lifting me from shoulder to shoulder of the ones who seek inspiration.

Muse. It’s such an elusive word, yet, everyone who creates claims to have one. Where do they live when not spreading – or is it sprinkling?- the magic dust of creation? In crevices with the spirits of rocks? Lodging with the owls in trees? Using the silky webs of sister spinners for a hammock?

It is whispered that there are nine, named Calliope, Clio, Euterpe, Erato, Melpomene, Polyhymnia, Terpsichore, Thalia and Urania. Does it  not remind you of “The Naming of Cats?” each one having three separate names? Or of Reindeer, perhaps? Though a Sprite must have more etherial names, like… well they’re secret, aren’t they? Their arrival might sound like the rustling of leaves, giving one the impression they may have heard something, yet realizing, ‘Tis the wind. This it is, and nothing more.’ Still, in the twinkling of an eye, they pull their inspiration from the very air itself.

Oh how exciting to be unseen, unknown, and yet needed from barrow to throne; in alleys and in courts, cell dwelling, or guiding the quill of a poet. Then stealing away in search of another who bemoans their retched moments of doubt.


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