of troy

i wish i had a face
that could launch
a thousand ships
i wish my face could launch
a thousand ships
i wish wars
were fought
over me
paintings painted
sculptures sculpted
songs sung
to me
i wish someone
a mused with me
to have me
hold center stage
in the story of their

i know it’s selfish & vain…and i wouldn’t really want wars fought over me…not really really. maybe a tussle.
i always joked that i had kids so someone would love me best…at least for a little while. and, yes, i am sure they will write stories about me–you know, like mommy dearest….


i only know one poem written about me or for me. it was called “sandwich eyes” and was written by someone i used to stalk. it’s okay. he liked that i stalked him & would actually seek me out if i stopped. he was a wonderful poet. one of the best. and it is a really nice poem…but he never loved me. he just enjoyed the attention of a crazy stalker chick.
goddammit, do you know how many musicians i have dated? nothing.
i keep reading all these fucking love poems & trying not to be bitter.
it’s hard not to be bitter.
so i guess i’m just supposed to accept that i am not the kind of person to inspire that kind of passion?
or i just haven’t met my homer….


another take on my being un-a-muse-d…from my 90s comic, confusion perfume.

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  1. Idk, if you’ve been around that many artistic people then someone has probably written about you without you knowing it. I mean, I wrote two/three poems about a girl I hated, but she was just that hot. Undressing is about a guy that I get on wtih and just happen to think he’s hot as hell, but he has a girlfriend. Great post, though!

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  2. I read Leave A Reply yet it seems all i can do is cry. When i chanced upon you i was but an empty vessel that had broken it’s mooring. Having lost sight of the shore,its anchor lost some years and more. In the moonlight it seems, these ancient beams, hold fast to dreams . This one time please forgive the rhyme. I know not when the quiet too keep.

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  3. In Legends of Tomorrow’s latest season Helen of Troy is relieved of her fate to cause wars over her beauty. πŸ™‚
    Great post, emje! I love the idea of the unmuse. πŸ˜€
    You are a clever woman! ❀️ 🧑 πŸ’› πŸ’š πŸ’™ πŸ’œ πŸ–€

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