I offer this sacrifice to you o muses
let this ink
be your blood
let this life
be siphoned
until you
are replenished
let the dry husk
be discarded

they like my pens to suffer
to bleed

I must be careful though

if one escapes
it is finished

the muses

will be angry

they will make me

embarrassing things

[Brendan McBreen is a Poet and workshop facilitator with Striped Water Poets in Auburn Washington. He is a humorist, a haiku writer, a student of Zen and Taoist philosophy, psychology, a collage artist, a sometimes cartoonist, and a Gemini. Brendan is an event coordinator with Auburn AugustFest and a former coordinator of the August Poetry Postcard Fest. In 2009 he was awarded a residency at the Whiteley Center in Friday Harbor. Brendan has featured in various regional venues and is published in many journals including: Raven Chronicles, Bellowing Ark, Crab Creek Review, bottle rockets, Leading Edge, Farther Stars Than These, Origami Condom, Circle Show, the anthology In Tahoma’s Shadow, anthologies from Kind of a Hurricane Press, and in the U.K. journal: The Delinquent.]