What’s the best thing about being an artist – 393 word poem

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What’s the best thing about being an artist?

Is it you think you get to do whatever you like! As easy as that may sound we simply create a torture for ourselves during the imagination process that can cause artist insanity syndrome..

Is it you think you can take copious amount of drugs or drink after reading all those beat-nik books by Hunter S. Thompson, Charles Bukowski and Jack Kerouac so spend endless sleepless nights with drunken dysfunctional girlfriends producing not one piece of productive material.

What’s the best thing about being an artist?

Is it the half finished manuscript that was lost when your bag was stolen from the pub, the days of work lost when instead of file save you pressed file delete, the pictures you never got back from the printers because the shop was blown to bits by a terrorist bomb,  the painting your drunk girlfriend threw red wine over in a moment of white heat, all these pieces we knew were pointless in trying to revisit or repeat..

What is the best thing about being an artist?

Has it got anything to with all the songs you write that end up in the bin, the proposals you put into the council for the latest crazy installation, the myriads of funding applications to every arts organization under the sun just to be rejected again and again and again.

What’s the best thing about  being an artist?

Is it all the time you’ve had no food, no money, sat in a squat in the freezing cold, you’ve spent all your last pounds on new pens and paints, camera film, rehearsal space rent, drum skins, new guitar strings, printing advertisement flyers for the gig where you won’t get paid, where for the exposure you were asked to pay to play.

What’s the best thing about being an artist?

It’s that one song, one painting, that one line poem, that particular lighting set-up, that one stage set, that one sequence in that film, a certain sculpture in that extensive exhibition, that one club of decor, the linen stitch in that sequinned dress – that brought one smile of  a face from a new fan, a deep consciousness and understanding in time and space, the joy of just being for those oh so brief, precious seconds.

That’s the best thing about being an artist.

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