Muse, verb–from Merriam Webster online
1: to become absorbed in thought; especially : to think about something carefully and thoroughly
2: archaic : wonder, marvel
: to think or say (something) in a thoughtful way
Muse, noun–from American Heritage Dictionary online
a. A guiding spirit.
Musing, on a hot summer day, evokes Whitman’s lines:
I observe a spear of summer grass, a meadow of milkweed, a small bee but a loud one buzzing about the hole where last year the grass wasp nested. Because it is a national holiday, the road construction crew next door has been absent, allowing me to hear the bees and the wind chimes and the bluejays screaming at the redtail hawks.
My poetry Muse, assuming I have one, has also taken a vacation.
In the meantime, there is summer novel-reading to do (Elena Ferrante‘s Neapolitan quartet, Margaret Atwood’s Hag-seed, and others). I do have my day job, but I have scheduled a travel vacation and am musing on what to pack, wondering what it will be like to be in a new place…wondering if my Muse will follow me as inspiration or will guide me in some new direction. Even at my age.
It’s always possible.
Invoking Whitman again:
There was never any more inception than there is now,
Nor any more youth or age than there is now,
And will never be any more perfection than there is now,
Nor any more heaven or hell than there is now.
You will find me outside, in the shade, musing on perfection.