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The Twins by OllyHymnia The Twins :iconollyhymnia:OllyHymnia 1 3 The Temple of the Dosh Khaleen by OllyHymnia The Temple of the Dosh Khaleen :iconollyhymnia:OllyHymnia 0 0
The Great Salt Sea
Love is a great salt sea
invigorating and cleansing
As the waves wash you clean
and make you free
Before they sweep you under to the riptide
Where dark beasts lurk with cold and fear
Ripping you over rocks and through the dark caves
Hiding the sun of the world above
And when it spits you out onto rocky shores
Your elbows scraped and your eyes hollowed
by what you've seen
You leave its shores only to discover
That it did not cleanse you
but crusted your eyes
and heart
with salt
That it did not set you free
but bound you in its memory
That the beasts below will always want you back
And that you will go chasing them again
Even as you rub the salt from your eyes
and balm your wounds from the rocky deep
in chocolate and
the words of friends
You know that again and again
you will seek its enticing shores
its hungry monsters
its pain
for the punishment of love is like no other
No wound as sweet
And no one is more worthy
of punishment
Than you.
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Summer Silver by OllyHymnia Summer Silver :iconollyhymnia:OllyHymnia 0 0
by Muse en Lystrala
I walked home
the snow sparkling like diamonds
under the streetlights
and I thought
"I used to shine like that."
Back before the world rubbed me raw
under the surf
against the stony bedrock of the sea
back before it dragged me against the sides of volcanoes
dropped me in the lava
back before it crushed my face
and seared my skin
and ripped away my kin
Am I still a diamond?
I think so
because I can withstand your blows
can tear your withered vicious tongue to shreds
can cut you like glass
can scrape your flesh raw
can still shine like the diamonds scattered in the night sky before my eyes
can still last centuries
and only the greatest force can turn me to dust
Am I still a diamond?
I think so
because a diamond is still a diamond
no matter what it looks like to the world
and its true strength
lies within.
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Seams of Gold
Seams of Gold
by Muse en Lystrala
From all the traffic through the door
the vase is shattered on the floor
the artist picks up all the parts
and cradles them near to the heart
the universe takes up brush and glue
and carefully, with vision true
restores the shape of flawed pottery old -
but all throughout, with seams of gold.
Upon the shelf, with shards alight
that seem to shine even in the night
the vessel holds purpose within
and secret wisdom in its skin.
And once deployed, its purpose shines
with bright array cast into eye
flawed may it be, but that beautiful mold
is made more so still - with seams of gold.
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Curtains by OllyHymnia Curtains :iconollyhymnia:OllyHymnia 2 0
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Stranger :iconollyhymnia:OllyHymnia 0 0
And They Come
And They Come
by Sirenne
The Shadow of Avalon
And they come
with their eyes wide shut
with their ashen tongues and their burning lies
and they come
with their hatred and pickets and
white hoods
and they come
with their guns and their fear and their violence
for our children our siblings
our friends and our neighbors and spouses
they come
And they come
with their white flags
their cowardice
their excuses
they come with their calls for peace but not justice
for calm with no passion
and they come
for our freedom
our wholeness
our blood and our ashes
and they come
for your silence
your white flags
your statements
your blindness
drives them on.
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Musically Mermaiding by OllyHymnia Musically Mermaiding :iconollyhymnia:OllyHymnia 0 0 Umbra Oceania by OllyHymnia Umbra Oceania :iconollyhymnia:OllyHymnia 0 0 Look to the Sea by OllyHymnia Look to the Sea :iconollyhymnia:OllyHymnia 1 0
I Can't Always Tell
I felt ugly
I told myself that even if I wasn't beautiful, I was interesting and strong
And that would have to be good enough
This morning, I woke up
And looked in the mirror
And I realized
I am beautiful
I just can't always tell.
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by Sirenne
I flee alone
To my tower
all action done in vain
whence the time i was lost inside
a monster's frozen maze
where the shadows echoed voiceless unnamed
shattered by their fear
the minotaur hunting all whose footsteps
echoed in his ears
is this the penance i must pay
is this the karma i must suffer
the pain of all earth's living sum
stamped upon my heart
is this the penance we must pay
is this the sum of what we reap
is the monster raging all we have created for ourselves
where is the end to this labyrinth
the wolves aren't far behind
bring the light and shine it far beyond
the shadows we have made
Alone in my suffering
but i suffer not alone
all the earth's full living mired in their grief
the sword is sharp and made of fear
the castles fall
the bastions crumble
the age of poisoned thought enslaves us
all worlds cry out
devout hearts shout for release
is this the penance i must pay
is this the karma i must suffer
the pain of all earth's living sum
stamped upon my heart
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Seed of Future Summer by OllyHymnia Seed of Future Summer :iconollyhymnia:OllyHymnia 1 0
Mature content
Another Cliche :iconollyhymnia:OllyHymnia 0 0


purple fluffy by sHavYpus purple fluffy :iconshavypus:sHavYpus 29 4 Corgi And Fairy 2 by sandara Corgi And Fairy 2 :iconsandara:sandara 5,302 194 Serenity by demonsfearme Serenity :icondemonsfearme:demonsfearme 16 2 The dream of the fisherman's ex-wife by JeromeBirti The dream of the fisherman's ex-wife :iconjeromebirti:JeromeBirti 104 7 Aorie by JoJoesArt Aorie :iconjojoesart:JoJoesArt 1,047 35 Little Forest Town by Miguel-Santos Little Forest Town :iconmiguel-santos:Miguel-Santos 393 27 5ucCUBE by jackskarma
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5ucCUBE :iconjackskarma:jackskarma 10 0
Lightning finger tattoo by sHavYpus Lightning finger tattoo :iconshavypus:sHavYpus 19 0 ball of fur by sHavYpus ball of fur :iconshavypus:sHavYpus 25 0 Hunting by sandara
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Hunting :iconsandara:sandara 3,006 114
Find what you love and let it kill you by sHavYpus Find what you love and let it kill you :iconshavypus:sHavYpus 29 3 Senator Kenobi and Amidala by croaky Senator Kenobi and Amidala :iconcroaky:croaky 464 22 Libera Me by ImNotMizu Libera Me :iconimnotmizu:ImNotMizu 145 10 Untitled by jonniedee Untitled :iconjonniedee:jonniedee 24 13 Tide of Light by oprust Tide of Light :iconoprust:oprust 353 15 Lashmaker Magazine Cover #15 by FlexDreams Lashmaker Magazine Cover #15 :iconflexdreams:FlexDreams 219 10


Muse en Lystrala
Artist | Professional | Varied
United States
I'm Muse. Thanks for stopping by my page!

I don't always have time to respond to individual comments, so if you've dropped a comment thanking me for faving your art - you're so welcome! Keep up your amazing work!

I'm originally from the tiniest state in the United States, although I tend to flit all over the place in search of adventure, inspiration, and kicks. Right now, I live in upstate New York, where I am studying music (I'm a classically trained mezzosoprano). Although I am primarily a singer, I also play viola, harp, recordari, percussion, and piano, and am hoping to pick up cello and taiko in the next year or two.

When I am not composing world, electronic, or symphonic metal music, I'm usually writing books, taking photos or else posing for them, painting, sewing, dancing, making artisan jewelry, or otherwise creating at my arts studio, Crown and Veil. I direct a classical ensemble called Geek Musica that specializes in the performance of film and video game scores.

Check out my solo music material:
My band, Crown of Melusine:…
My ensemble, Geek Musica:
  • Listening to: Breaking Benjamin - Red Cold River
  • Reading: Janet Fitch - White Oleander
  • Watching: Orange Is the New Black
  • Playing: Stardew Valley
  • Eating: blueberries
  • Drinking: iced coffee
To start with, I am super excited to announce that I will be teaching a twice-monthly acrylic painting class right here in Albany, New York! This class caters to all skill levels, and I'm super grateful to the Low Beat for helping me organize it! I will also be teaching a two-part seminar on video game composition at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy, NY. I am, needless to say, STOKED about this! 

I've been painting a lot this past year or so, partly owing to illness - I suffered from severe anemia for the better part of the last year, and I'm just physically getting back on my feet after a blood transfusion, a surgery, and lots of iron pills. I was out of work for some time, so if you're interested in snagging any of my paintings or something from the print shop, let me know - I'd be super grateful to you! If you can't afford to buy any art right now, though, you can support my Patreon and get some awesome perks, like the Sirenne discography, fiction, and loads more! 

In addition to the recovery (which is going SUPER well, thanks to my family and friends), I'll finally be returning to school in the fall, double majoring in Music Performance and Composition at the College of Saint Rose. I'm extremely thankful to those who encouraged me to pursue this path and placed their faith in me, and I can't wait to dive back into my musical studies. 

Many thanks to everyone for your incredible support! 

Keep creating,


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sHavYpus Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2018   General Artist
Thank you for the favourite, I appreciate it! :aww:

purple fluffy by sHavYpus
birthdays Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2017
:woohoo: :party: :iconcakelickplz: !!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!! :iconcakelickplz: :party: :woohoo:

On behalf of the birthdays team, I sincerely apologize that your greeting has arrived late this year.

We hope you had an awesome day with lots of birthday fun, gifts, happiness and most definitely, lots of cake! Here's to another year!

Many well wishes and love from your friendly birthdays team :love:

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Jasperinity Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2017
Happy birthday! :D
Anisa-Mazaki Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2017  Professional Digital Artist

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Have some free (Celebratory) Art too, for your Special Day :) (Smile)
Candy-free Wallpaper 2 - Full by Anisa-Mazaki
Lintu47 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
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OllyHymnia Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016  Professional General Artist
My pleasure! 
Jasperinity Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016
Happy birthday! :D
OllyHymnia Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you! 
birthdays Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016
:woohoo: :party: :iconcakelickplz: !!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!! :iconcakelickplz: :party: :woohoo:

It's August 2nd which means it's that time of the year again and your special day is here! We hope you have an awesome day with lots of birthday fun, gifts, happiness and most definitely, lots of cake! Here's to another year!

Many well wishes and love from your friendly birthdays team :love:

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OllyHymnia Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2016  Professional General Artist
Weeeee! Thank you very much! 
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