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In the Company of My Muse: Poem #5

Poem #5:
By Lu Sobredo

My muse came along on another one of my jaunts today, to my favorite Café. My best friend Ken Miller was convinced that another poem was manifesting in messages I sent him.

It is a conspiracy between my best friend, my muse, and others as you shall see in the newest verses. And the photo is as fresh an inspiration for these verses coming alive. On his last day of travel to mine and my Mother's ancestral land in the Philippines, my husband James Sobredo on his early morning communion with the sunrise, captured what my heart longed for...

Sunrise in Baybay. Aklan, Philippines--Ancestral Home. ©James Sobredo 2020


I’ve read somewhere, though details escape me,
That leap years are lucky years.
Whether defined by science, legend or wistfulness,
There’s an unmistakable buzz.
The buzz overwhelmed the 29th of February 2020
Of energies raised
To heights unseen for so long.
My muse relentless, kept me writing for hours.
Hours into the night. Mysteriously, it stayed to greet
The morning of the first day of March.

Whispers hummed in my ear.
I couldn’t help but comply, as thoughts
Poured out like words imprisoned
Desperate to wake after a long slumber.

Is there truism to what I hear
About leap years?
That they are great for finding optimism, 
Love and spiritual wisdom. 
Or better yet, for spiritual wisdom
To find those in a drought.

My muse of late makes gentle,
Albeit persistent demands.
Demands poignant, 
Oddly insistent to the point of my unease.

Did you know February came from februum,
Latin for purification
No? Don’t worry, nor did I.
What kind of arrogant poetic license did my muse bargain for?
The muse that encroaches, inserts in my life
Of all the times on the Gregorian calendar,
Just as the Lenten season starts.

A leap year must be when decisively we take the leap
When the Earth on that one day in February
Every four years does not orbit the sun
In three hundred sixty five days
As it habitually does.
My muse dares not turn away when given license
To take a leap of faith,  
Faith to restore, renew, re-ignite, take claim
Of passions destiny brought.

Is this the same muse that accompanies me
At Cafés while people-watching at noon;
Or in my bedroom while listening again and again
To Michael Bublé crooning about a summer day
That has come and gone away, in Paris and Rome,
And how he just wants to go home?

Strange that gradually the heart grows familiar
Keeping company with a muse
That soothes the drought; soothes the impatient wish
For my beloved’s return home
From his travels afar so I, too, could go  
Again in places known or unknown.
It matters not.

My mother in Heaven must have conspired
With the angels. Because while on Earth
She prodded, nudged and fed
The gods. The gods, she swore, were waiting for me
To burst into song.

Maybe the same gods fed and
Inspired my muse.
This muse unapologetic of its strums
Swarming my head, 
Unannounced takes deliberate steps
With an air of grace-filled confidence
As if stepping onto a stage and totally owning it.
Neruda dreams more exposed, blushed
In sweet horror in company of my Muse.

Poem ©Lu Sobredo
Photo ©James Sobredo

About the Author 
Lu Sobredo is writer/publisher at Lu Travels Abroad, a blog dedicated to folks whose limitations do not hamper them from traveling. A year into early retirement her world collapsed from the diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). Her total life changed, but she did not let RA define her. With love from family, friends and an awesome doctor, she regained some functionality--her new normal. She will have RA all her life. And she now writes about life and travel with RA. During the pandemic of 2020, she stays put and writes poetry and a first novel, a travel of sorts but in the heart and mind.


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