prologue: invocation of the muses

Euterpe, be a guide to my fingers
& the whorls of my brain where the melody lingers
in rhythms of breathing & blood circulation
ineffable rightness of jazz syncopation

& Calliope, I'm under duress
beset by these feelings I cannot express
ideas & attachments I'm starting to wrestle
there's tales to be told, let me be your vessel

& sweet lady Eris, I doff you my cap
it's your chaos & discord makes all the world happen

like all of the monsters under the sea
the beasts of ancient geek mythology
this information wants to be free