Rebellious Action

When I read this poem about creative resistance by fabulous creativity guru Jill Badonsky, I could totally relate — I bet you will too!

Rebellious Action

The Muse hovers with yellowy pink taffeta wings …

fluttering dangerously close to the chandelier
holding a BIG red and black sign that says

ACTION.

The poet sees the sign and sighs.

The Muse waves the sign dramatically,
pressing her teeth together in a large forced
smile.  the sign says ACTION!!

Sigh x 2.

The Muse flings a few nimble adjectives deftly onto the blank sheet of paper– “cooperative”, “accommodating,” “attentive”.

The poet swats them with a fly swatter and places them in the garbage with the trout and pilaf leftovers from Tuesday night.

The Muse drops five getcha-going verbs on the poet’s blank paper.

The poet pushes the verbs around with her pen, pausing when she sees the word “go,”
and then collects them all in a Mason Jar,
holes in the lid, and places them next to the cinnamon and the thyme.
The thyme, by the way, expired in ‘05.

The Muse, exquisitely perturbed,
Pulls out her secret stash of NOUNS…
“potion”, “enchantment”,
“chandelier”
and “rubber chicken”.

Nose up, head over shoulder she hands them  to the poet.

The poet begins to write…
…………A grocery list.

The Muse takes the red and black sign and bonks herself on the head with it,
flies out the window to visit the gardener who is planting seeds of
good intentions in the rich, fertile soil next door.

The poet smiles and writes this poem.

Copyright © Jill Badonsky. Posted here with permission from the author.

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Jill Badonsky is an internationally recognized workshop leader, keynote speaker, creativity-coaching pioneer, illustrator, and humorist. She is author of The Nine Modern Day Muses (and a Bodyguard): 10 Guides to Creative Inspiration for Artists, Poets, Lovers, and Other Mortals Wanting to Live a Dazzling Existence and the award-winning, The Awe-manac: A Daily Dose of Wonder.

You can find all kinds of fun creative resources at Jill’s website. I highly recommend subscribing to her newsletter, which always inspires me when it lands in my inbox!

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8 Responses to “Rebellious Action”


  1. 1 K a b l o o e y November 16, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    This is great! This is the kind of poem that makes me wish I wrote poems.

  2. 5 gjergj shoshi January 8, 2012 at 12:01 am

    everything was blue for me and in our days I am the red fish.I think it’s a Russian song since 1999 and don’t brings luck !

  3. 6 gjergj shoshi May 19, 2012 at 3:04 am

    I have a mother witch and you can talk with her for your inspiration ! good luck in foxy search !

  4. 7 gjergj shoshi June 2, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    there are a lot of people thinking that they are at home but they don’t feel at home ! my inspiration starts even in dark places of periphery !

  5. 8 gjergj shoshi August 17, 2012 at 11:59 am

    you have never seen a filter cleaned like that !


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