fasting for muses by Bogdan Dragos

well it’s been about four days of
fasting
Four days of eating nothing
but smoke from
his cigarettes
so it was difficult to tell whether
the woman
who sat in his bathtub
and smoked some of his cigarettes and
watched him writing on his desk
was real or not

“Of course I’m real, you
dumbass!” she said, exhaling smoke. “I’m
just hiding. This seems
like an okay place.”

“Hiding from whom?” he asked

“Well,” she said, “since you don’t know,
it means they hadn’t looked
for me here yet. That’s good. Anyway,
you got something to
eat in here?”

“Um… no, sorry. I’m fasting.”

“Fasting? What the fuck for? So that God
might forgive your sins
or some shit like that?”

“No. I’m… a writer. I get my inspiration
like that.”

“Oh? A writer? And how’s it going so far?”

“Pretty good,” he said. “I wrote this
story about
a woman who disguised herself
as a prostitute to infiltrate
a corrupt officer’s home and killed him
to fulfill a revenge pact.”

“No shit,” she said. “And what did the
officer do to her?”

“I haven’t gotten to that part. The
story doesn’t unfold like
that. It starts with her
running away from the authorities and breaking
into the house of a lone writer
who suffers from
schizophrenia and can’t tell whether she’s
real or not. So he
begins to regard her as a muse
and their relationship develops from this.”

She lit another cigarette. “No shit.
Well, I bet it’s gonna
be a hit, this story of yours.”

“You think so?”

“Sure, sure. Say, you won’t mind if I
go through your kitchen a bit, right?
Maybe you’ve some leftovers or
something that I can help
myself to?”

He shrugged. “I probably don’t. But, okay,
have a look.”

She got out of the
bathtub and now he could see that all
she wore was a gray tank top. No
pants, no shoes. A bright green snake
with stars for eyes shone
tattooed around her crotch. “I will,” she said,
“thanks.”
And she disappeared into the kitchen

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  1. Terveen Gill dice:

    I think this might not end so well irrespective of them being one or two. There’s going to be drama on the pages and maybe in real life too. Well written! 🙂

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  2. gwengrant dice:

    A really touching poem, especially as the poet was almost certain the cupboards were empty!
    Gwen.

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    1. ⤜(⚆ᗜ⚆)⤏ Some people will go to extreme lengths for creativity. He’s one of ‘em :))

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