This is from an old NYT profile on Waits and his creative practice. His image of birds as otherworld messengers, as counsel with the muse, is an ancient idea shared by many cultures and it reminds me of that old story about the woman who would sit in the park at the same time every day to feed the birds. Every day she’d be there, every day she’d feed them, until she inevitably missed a day, but do you know what happened? The birds still came.
Show up. Consistently. It’s the only way the muse knows how to find you. And she will find you. 🕊️