Fixings of Musedom (or How to Use a Muse)

I mean it to be a thing that is lank but fond like a dead feather boa no-one can remember who it belonged to originally god

but you still grab it

when you’re loose, and flamboyantly tear it round your shoulders with nary a thinking.

Look, it’s like a plastic bucket lying around that you tip some rainwater and dead leaves from

before turning it to another purpose.

I dunno. A zucchini harvest or the like.

Look. It’s just the same as

when you go to Zara or H and M and you KNOW that the innocent polyesters died in their thousands for the pelt you now drape with hope over en-sleekened peach, the in-sucked stomach of your comely bargains.

The polyesters died, and you will probably buy this little rag.  But no matter.  You could also just wear a bucket.

No-one really knows this but

if you shush down the voices of your own makeover hamlet,

the Muse pops up and tells you what to wear anyway.



Image: Buckets / flickr


Melinda Bufton

Melinda Bufton is a poet and doctoral candidate at RMIT University, researching contemporary feminist poetics. Her latest collection, Superette, was recently released by Puncher and Wattmann.

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