Sunday, November 20, 2011

For Three-Word Wednesday and Sunday Scribblings

(Also submitted to ABC Wednesday and Magpie 92)
"S" is for "Special"

Me: You’re finally here? I thought you had forgotten all about me and gone off for good.
My Muse: No, no; I’ve just been busy. We had our national muse convention last week. You called about something?
Me: Well, it’s the usual. As you know, Tess K posts a prompt each week and I’m supposed to come up with some brilliant ideas, remarks, observations, bon mots, whatever, in response. So I could use your help.
MM: Ah, yes, the Magpie prompt. I see it’s about love this week. I have the feeling that’s a subject you don’t know much about, not being all that lovable yourself. (Laughs)
Me: Please, forget the jokes. You’re my muse; you should avoid wounding my ego, not to mention my amour propre.
MM: “Amour propre,” eh? If I’m not mistaken, that’s the only kind of amour you’ve been getting any of for the past few years.
Me: You really are annoying. How does one go about asking for a change of muse?
MM: Oh, it’s complicated. Wouldn’t do any good anyway. All the good muses are working for important people -- me, I wind up with someone like you.
Me: I’m warning you; one of these days I’m going to try writing without you.
MM: That’ll be the day. All right, I'll put you out of your misery; I’ll toss you some quotes and you see if you can do something with them.
Me: Fire away.
MM: How about this? “True love is like a ghost; everyone talks of it, few have seen it.”
Me: You made that up?
MM: Well, no. It’s by a buddy of mine, Frank. I call him that but his full name is Francois de la Rochefoucauld.
Me: Yes, but that’s so seventeenth century. You got anything a bit more modern?
MM: How’s this? “Love is an electric blanket with somebody else in control of the switch.”
Me: A bit hollow but I like it. However, this is the 21st century. I don’t mean to be shallow but have you anything with more emphasis on, say, carnality?
MM: You should like this. It’s Woody Allen’s. “The last time I was inside a woman was when I went to the Statue of Liberty.”
Me: Great. Now we’re really cooking.
MM: As usual, I do the cooking and you get the credit. But that’s what it means to be a muse.
Me: Right. If you don’t like it you can always go into some other line of work. Now, how about something special -- a sad quote for instance?
MM: Well, this is by another friend of mine, Anon. “The saddest thing in the world, is loving someone who used to love you.”
Me: That’s really fine. Actually, we seem to be getting along okay. Maybe I’ll vote to keep you as my muse.
MM: I’m overcome with gratitude.
Me: Now something appropriate for a closer?
MM: Well, this is by that ancient philosopher, F Sinatra:
“Who knows where the road will lead us
Only a fool would say,
But if you let me love you
I'm sure to love you…All the Way.”

46 comments:

Marilyn said...

This is fabulous!!

Other Mary said...

Kudos to you both! :o)

Ann (bunnygirl) said...

Muses go to conventions? Maybe that's where mine is when I can't find her. Nice of yours to offer a few choice quotes for this project.

Rene Foran said...

This was great fun and, uh, your muse is a bit down on love, non?:)

Helen said...

'change of muse' .. is that anything like change of venue? Great Magpie.

Wendy said...

This is fantastic. Sometimes the muse is fickle, and one wishes for a new one. But as proven by your dialogue, even when you don't think its working, the mere exercise of being mad at the muse results in fabulous writing. She's a trickster that way....

Leslie: said...

Wish I had a muse when I'm stuck for ideas on - well, everyting! lol

Tess Kincaid said...

I like your muse...

Lolamouse said...

Your muse is quite entertaining! Mine often just gives me the silent treatment! Very clever!

Bee's Blog said...

I could read this over and over again and again and again. I adore it.

Kathe W. said...

amusing and a fun read

jane.healy said...

An amusing take on this weeks prompt.

izzy said...

Encircled by a muse with a wicked sense of humor- seems like love to me!

Brian Miller said...

nice...i chose a sinatra thought as well...though i do like the ghost quote...nice berowne

C Hummel Kornell a/k/a C Hummel Wilson said...

You never disappoint me! What a great little read. BTW, your muse has a commendable talent for quotes, I think you should keep her.

Anonymous said...

Dear Berowne: Yes My Muse (MM) (any relation to another famous MM?)...definitely has the required attitude. Great quotes on love by the way MM (Mr. Muse). Chiccoreal

Berowne said...

Bee's Blog: "I could read this over and over again and again and again."
That's what I've been doing with your comment. :-)

Berowne said...

Chiccoreal: "My Muse (MM) (any relation to another famous MM?)."
Mickey Mantle? :-)

Berowne said...

It's positively inspiring to read the comments this week from Marilyn, Other Mary, Rene, Helen, Wendy, Leslie, Lolamouse, Kathe W, Jane H, izzy, C Hummel and the one-and-only Tess K. -- my sincere thanks.

Mimi Foxmorton said...

Very, very clever! :)

Mama Zen said...

This is hilarious! And, it's nice to know where my muse has been.

Roger Owen Green said...

You have one SASSY muse. She's SOMEWHAT a-MUSE-ing - eh, SHE'D probably find that SOPHOMORIC.

ROG

Carrie Burtt said...

You have quite the muse Berown....I love how you think....brilliant take as always!!

Tumblewords: said...

Amusing muse - it's best to love one's muse, isn't it?

Isabel Doyle said...

have you checked the lonely hearts columns for 'Muse Wanted'?

Everyday Goddess said...

"that's so 17th century" - love it! i'll have to work that into repertoire!

and the quote from Anon, made me twinge to feel that kind of sadness!

excellent magging!

Meryl said...

What a wonderfully woven tale. I love your bringing in 'the greats' (Sinatra, Woody Allen, and Francios de la Rochefoucauld)! I also really appreciate your visit and wonderful comments on my post. Have a great week!

Sushma Harish said...

Interesting

Berowne said...

Everyday Goddess: "Excellent magging!"
Always great to hear from the E Goddess -- or any other goddess, come to think of it. :-)

Doctor FTSE said...

Good, original idea worked out in enjoyable dialogue (UK spelling!)
I was waiting for "Who can explain it/who can tell you why./Fools give you reasons/Wise.Men.Never.Try"

Berowne said...

Doc FTSE: "Good, original idea worked out in enjoyable dialogue (UK spelling!)"
Check and double-cheque. :-)

Nicholas V. said...

Good post! Enjoyed reading it a lot.

moondustwriter said...

Ha
I thnk my muse is cheeky too
What a fun Magpie
Thanks for visiting the moon
Gr8 to meet you

capturedalive said...

Sweet !! Good stimulating read I must say

Pheno, ABCW team

Rinkly Rimes said...

An interesting conversation. I wish I'd been a fly on the wall!

jaerose said...

Great ending..as ever..and simply love the image..perfect partners..Jae

Jinksy said...

Yes, interesting chat!

christopher said...

Like it. Finally had time to say so...

Chris said...

Funny chat. Francios de la Rochefoucauld has some of the best quotes. I love Woody Allen also.

Sheilagh Lee said...

I love this chat with your muse.

MaryA said...

Nice musing on love--pun intended.
Have a great Thanksgiving.

Mary Mansfield said...

Very entertaining. Nicely done.

Susannah said...

Very nicely done, it made me smile. :-)

Berowne said...

My sincere thanx for some wonderful comments from Susannah, Mary M, Mary A, Jinksy, Sheilagh L, Chris, christopher, jaerose, Rinkly R, capturedalive, moondustwriter and Nicholas V. Hope you all had a happy Danksgeben!

sweet pea. said...

this is really lovely.

its interesting to see what other people see in magpies pictures.

and im flattered that you think i can write. thank you =)

zongrik said...

very interesting

 
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