Muse’s Shadow

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You are the muse’s shadow surviving

under sun.. And as clouds pass,
You scrape those unknown lands
with your open hand
always reaching in my direction, to give.

When I fall asleep, as if in a dream,
the sun warming my face too much,
You gently brush past my closed eyelids,
always present and visually dynamic.

I wake to reality once more,
and there You are,
dancing with your open hand again.
I learn so much from You

I could place those simplified ideas
(and where they’ve led my mind to)
in an un-categorized and
un-alphabetized volume grander than

the grasp of any human hand.
And I do read from it often,
walk away feeling more learned,
never scolded, insignificant or unheard.

I walk forward.

 © Hollace M. Metzger, 2013.


BIO (Video Production):  Rehan Qayoom is a poet of English and Urdu, editor, translator and archivist. Educated at Birkbeck College, University of London, he has featured in numerous literary publications and performed his work internationally. He is the author of 2 books of poetry and several works of prose. He lives in London.

BIO (Poem): Hollace M. Metzger is an author, architect and visual artist from the United States’ mid-west. She studied architecture and graduate 17th-Century literature in Kentucky, Venice, Italy and London. Later, while employed by the deans of Yale and CUNY schools of architecture in New York, Ms. Metzger began writing during her subway commute to and from Brooklyn. In 2006, Hollace began performing spoken word in New York and Brooklyn. Well received, these public forums provided means for the artist to express herself outside the professional world, eventually leading to the publication of her first book and, in 2008, the ability to take her art beyond the extent of the United States. Ms. Metzger is now the author of three books: ‘Observing the Labyrinth from Heaven’ (2007, 2008), ‘Transcriptions of Time: The Collected Poetic Works of Hollace M. Metzger’ (2009) and ‘Why the WilloW’ (2010); and author-vocalist of ‘Observing the Labyrinth from Heaven : Paris Recordings’ (2008) and ‘TranSynPhony’ (2010). Her literary CV also includes numerous print journals in addition to a list of collaborations with the European cinema, choreographers, visual artists and musicians across western Europe, The U.S., The U.K., Canada, Mexico, Columbia, Romania and India, one being a biographically-inspired ballet in Marseille. More information, music collaborations and other works by this artist: