Muses aren’t only for Writing by Bogdan Dragos

A spectacled man sitting at a typewriter and staring at a gray cloud above his head that is raining down letters
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“Muses,” he said, “aren’t only

for writing

and painting, and stuff

like that.

That’s just what the

world likes

to believe.

But me, I use my muse

as inspiration

for pranks. This is my art.”

A few days ago

he dressed in

ragged clothes

and got his face dirty with


and went around a

bus station

begging people for

spare change

He didn’t get any,

but that

wasn’t the point

The point was to be seen

by as many people

as possible

as he cried

and stated loudly that he’s

so hungry

he could eat anything

People did their best

to ignore him


they saw him walk by the

trashcan near the station

and reaching for

something inside

His hand came out

with a

used diaper. It looked full

and yes, he proceeded to

unwrap it and

lick and slurp its contents

as the people watched,


and walked away

remembering the day

for the rest of

their lives

“Of course it was just

chocolate sauce,” he said. “That’s

how pranking works, you


My muse gave me the

inspiration for it. I put the

damn thing in the trash can

before the people

gathered to wait

for the bus.

Chocolate sauce inside

a diaper. I’m a genius.

But, you see, my art is, as I’ve

said, not like

writing or painting. It doesn’t

remain as a solid object

in space when I’m done

working on it.

No, my art is more

like dancing. It’s about

performing for a crowd,

capturing their


and leaving them with

a memory they won’t

forget for

as long as they live.

If I weren’t an artist, if I didn’t

have my muse,

I’d be a dead

man now.”

Yeah, I believed him.


I beat at my own art. But

problem with me

is that

I won’t ever be as sure

of what I am

as this guy

Even after all those


I still don’t know if

I’m an artist

or if I am

anything at all

If confusion and uncertainty

were my art

I’d be a god

Or maybe not. I’m not

even sure

about that.

All I know is that

I write

and keep on writing

because there’s simply nothing

else for me

So I guess

here I go



Bogdan Dragos supervises casinos for a gambling company, working twelve-hour shifts locked in a dark office full of TV monitors. There he mostly daydreams and writes poems and stories. He also manages a poetry blog Daydreaming as a profession.

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22 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Bogdan’s dedication to the writing craft is presented in each of his written poems. This dedication is often a mixture of hard work, persistence, talent and relentless belief. When one is sure of themselves, then convincing others to follow can actually be a treat. We’re all here to portray our parts and be inspired by one another. So give it all you’ve got and keep the doors and windows of the mind open.
    Congratulations Bogdan!

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    1. (ㅅ´ ˘ `) Thank you, Terveen!

      The hardest part is, indeed, convincing one’s self :)) After that, everything falls in line 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Jane Aguiar says:

    You are a great artist. A person who captivates the minds with the beauty of writing. 🙂
    Congratulations, Bogdan!

    Liked by 3 people

    1. (๑ > ᴗ < ๑) Oh, thank you so much!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Jane Aguiar says:

        A pleasure (≧▽≦)

        Liked by 1 person

  3. jonicaggiano says:

    I always look forward to your post. You always make a profound point with each piece you write. The homeless situation continues to grow and will continue with the rising cost of groceries your average middle class families who are retired are having to decide to we buy medicine this month or do we eat. People will say this is extreme but it is not. What it is is shameful. Go Dragos! Blessings to you my friend! Hugs, Joni

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    1. ( •̀ᴗ•́ )و ̑̑ Thank you, Joni!

      I appreciate your reading very much! >◡<

      Liked by 1 person

      1. jonicaggiano says:

        My pleasure always big hugs 🤗

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  4. Very good Bogdan……….I liked the chocolate sauce etc. Nice twist……

    Liked by 2 people

    1. (๑′ᴗ‵๑) Yeah, I bet the public will never forget :))


        1. Like your comment. Not shit……

          Liked by 1 person

        2. (ノ≧ ∀ ≦)ノ

          Liked by 1 person

  5. Nicole Smith says:

    Bogdan, I always enjoy your writing!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. ʕっ→ᴥ←ʔっ Thank you very much, Nicole!


  6. haoyando says:

    It is quite a surprising prank. That’s very creative.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. ٩(^▿^)۶ I hope that’s what the people from the bus station thought as well :)))

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Cassa Bassa says:

    Art makes us think and challenge us. Yes that was art.

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    1. (•‾⌣‾•)و ̑̑ That’s what I like to believe as well :))

      Thank you! 🙂


      1. Cassa Bassa says:

        I think so even some art I don’t like but they still provoke my thinking.

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