Lyric Fire: Syncopated Soliloquy (Maxwell Is My Muse Poem)

I usually present a favorite word on Friday, but I wanted to do something different. So today I will share a piece of my creative process. I’m often asked what inspires me to write poetry and how I connect to my many different muses.

Well, earlier this morning I was watching Maxwell’s Five Days of Black, the mini-doc that was included with his CD, BLACKsummers’night and watching his process helped me come up with the following poem. Many times we are inspired to create by watching others. Here is my result:

Syncopated Soliloquy

in the pocket – in the pocket

right there in the groove baby


so tight I can barely move

rhythmic, majestic

poetry is jealous of your lyrical symmetry

flowing so sweetly over my hands

through my fingers

lighting up the ions of my soul for eons

sparking inner and outer flames that never flicker

staying right there in the pocket baby

yeah, that’s right


in the middle

i’m throbbing thoughout my day

rocking to your fading beat

it’s faint, but so damn loud

moving me and making my hips swing

side to side

up and down

round and round

i rise to meet your modulation

and pause for fever pitches

that salute me

waves and waves of treble roar and soar

then dip deeply into bass lines


right there in the pocket baby

perfect vibe

a loud lewd groove

so tight i can barely move

so tight baby ummm

right there in the pocket


2011-05-27 07.51.24

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May 27, 2011 | Posted by in Blog, Tamstarz Poetry | 4 comments

Comments (4 Responses)

  1. Ravenmyth says:

    I love how other modalities will inspire…you just never know where it is going to come from. The beauty is, you follow the rythmm of creativity, trust and post! Beautiful…
    Nice add with your notepad…makes the reader feel as if they are right there with you..listening over a cup of coffee while you read your inspiration…thanks for sharing…

  2. Hi Ravenmyth. Thanks for your kind words. Yes, inspiration is everywhere. Anything can spark it. Just like Maxwell was moved by window wipers, we can hear or see something that will send us spinning off in different creative directions. I loved how he was breaking down how songs are created. It’s not just one person coming up with it all. Everyone in his band plays a part. Even for those of us who create poetry alone in a room, we too are taking the baton from other creative beings and then banging the drum to create our own beats!

  3. Brenda says:

    I loved this post, the artist’s process is a subject I never tire of hear about. Writers, any artist really, are a breed unto themselves. I did like the photos of your scribbles, nice touch, and your favorite Friday word.

  4. Hi Brenda. Thanks so much for your comments. I love hearing about other artists processes as well. It is quite fascinating how art comes alive.
    Blessings to you!

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