The Artist’s Struggle

The artist creates

to relieve the stings of his

personal whips

the pain of his unproduced creativity

The release of his past

induced through

the expression of his art

When not in creative

expression

he buries himself

in the business of

the struggle of daily life

building a rusty structure

of

pain

within

from the frustration of not pursuing his

soul

This builds

until he finds some path of higher

consciousness

returns to his creative life

or finds

some destructive act

to force him to see with

painfully fresh eyes

Some way to peel

the layer of

dull film off his eyes

so the world is

fresh

stark

and

filled with the pain

he tried to ignore

for the

artist’s sensitivity

to his own personal world is

a

part of what differentiates him

from those who find

their creativity in their daily lives

Somewhere in

the artist’s heart and soul

lives

something he hasn’t

been able to say through his art

it

nags

at

him

until

it is spoken

There are those

whose gifts

are not born of

pain

they are the fortunate few

There

are

also

those whose pain

is expressed through acts

of violent

expression

involving

other’s

involuntary

participation

they

are the most

unfortunate

and produce the most

pain

for others and themselves

Sometimes we forget

how

lucky

we are

to not have been exposed

to this sort

of torture

We forget to smile

at

the

simple

beautiful

act of love

that we are

and can be

in our

daily life

To find and allow

the dance of simplicity

and

complexity

in our daily lives

and allow ourselves

to breathe in the simplicity

and

understand

the

complexity for what

it is

a

part of the fabric

of

our souls

To if you will achieve our own personal

balance

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