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101| Truant Muse

Kelly Jones

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What shall be thy amends
      for thy neglect
            of truth in beauty dyed?

Make answer, Muse: wilt thou not haply say
truth needs no color, with his color fixed.

But best is best if never intermixed.
Because he needs no praise, will you be dumb?

Beauty no pencil. Excuse not silence so,
for it lies in you to make him much.

Outlive a gilded tomb, and to be praised of ages yet to be.
Then do thy office, Muse.
                  I teach thee how
to make him seem long hence as he shows now.
Both truth and beauty on my love depends;
so dost thou too,
and therein dignified.

Kelly Jones teaches college composition and works in a library. She has an MFA from the Creative Writing Workshop at the University of New Orleans.

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