Do you see any work in this work of art?
Sometimes a work of art emerges from an artist who never intended it to be that way. Sometimes an artist works fingers to the bones (so to speak), creating a “masterpiece”, only to see it live in obscurity. Art is fickle…odd. You just can’t predict it. And art can’t be forced. But that doesn’t mean you can’t simply write some thoughts or paint some pictures with no preconceived intentions.
In fact, some of the most fun I’ve ever had, in writing, was when I wrote some random thoughts down, looked at the first lines, and decided to see where I could take them. That’s the case with the following short poem called “Work of Art”. I’ll let you in on a little secret…I didn’t write this poem just now. It happened now and before. Didn’t mean to. It just turned out that way. What I mean is, I wrote two verses of it in June. And I couldn’t find the ending. I wanted three verses, and I couldn’t come up with the third. So…
I ignored the poem for almost two months.
But each time I’d log into my WordPress content area I’d see that little draft looking at me with tiny, sad eyes. “Finish me,” I’d hear it say. “Leave me alone,” I’d reply. (well, not really, but it seemed like a good dialogue between me and words)
Finally, this evening, I decided to give the third verse another shot. And the words appeared. Can you tell who the words are about?
Work of Art
Nobody looked through the crystal blue sky
And ever saw a single frozen word.
But there were songs and a story up high
And they were sung by a little blue bird.
The little bird with its feathers of blue
Sang all the notes that ever could be sung.
And every note was fastened to the sky,
And from each one bright, silver words were hung.
Now lie real still on the darkest of nights
And listen close with the ears in your heart.
You’re bound to hear, when your story is sung,
The little blue bird…who sings every word…
And tells the whole world you’re a work of art.
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