The Artist's Muse
Walt Whitman wrote in "Song of Myself" that animals "do not lie
awake in the dark and weep for their sins." Artists do, and many relish the
guiding presence of their pets as they search to identify and resolve ideas
through their art. Pets have the ability to comb out the tangles of
self-consciousness, lighten the spirit, and connect us to inspiration and
You needn't be a practicing artist to understand this. Anytime you allow
yourself to experience the world through a pet's perspective — by walking,
working, playing, even just observing or resting alongside one — you are
transported away from internal clutter and conflict. Then any of us can reach
the same conclusion that so many artists have understood over the millennia.
The simple truth is that pets add poetry to all our lives.
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