In the spot where I meet with my Muse
She come forth in her righteousness
Dressed within a garland of flowers.
She throws nuts at me
As a lesson.
They change to roses.
They say to me
“Stay in your thoughtfulness and gratitude
As you accept my wisdom words.
Allow those rancid thoughts to flee away from us in this place.”
She sits on top of the doghouse in the middle of our spot.
A cat toy kicked across the grass makes tinkling sounds.
She is in the form of my white dragon Muse’s human shape.
“Keep writing. Keep working. Keep creating.
Love is around you and it is within you.
You have strength you do not even know is within you.”
I stand stunned.
I feel my Muse’s words flow around me,
over me then sink down into my heart.
I am enfolded into her arms.
She changes into my white dragon Muse,
Who taps me on the head with a claw.
“Remember I am here.”
I hand her my heart,
She places it back inside my chest.
“I am honored,” the dragon says.
“I already have your heart.”
She disappears in a puff of smoke.
I am alone in my garden in the universe
between the roots and the stars once again.
Katherine Soto is a retired California schoolteacher, turned writer. She was born and raised in California with a few teen years spent in Georgia and Tennessee. She taught for twenty years, fifteen spent teaching in 6th grade learning handicapped classrooms in Fontana, CA. She has a BA in Anthropology from CSUSB. Married 35 years she and her husband raised two daughters. At the present time they have a five-year-old granddaughter to dote on. She claims her writing muse is a dragon who tells stories and insists she write them down. Her first writings were free-form poetry. She has written a sci-fi/fantasy fiction novel, with a series in mind. She enjoys reading science fiction and fantasy books, creating art journals, and antiquing.