The Art in Me

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Other  |  House: Booksie Classic
I don't believe in short summaries, especially when I can't think of how to summarize it.

Submitted: October 22, 2008

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I am a painter with no brush, a sculptor with no marble, a musician without an instrument and a muse without a clue. A colorful collection of mass produced ideology interwoven with the laughter of cynicism.

In a world where so many clamor for the attention of the masses I only seek the indulgence of a few. A small favor to be done on my behalf. I ask that when you look into me and hear a cacophony that comes from the symphony of my life; that you strain to hear the lone violin whose notes ring long, pure and true. The song it plays is the ever changing melody of my heart. It belies the desires and dreams that lay deep within; to be something more then what they say I can be.

I want you to see the stains that litter the canvas of my soul are not unwanted or denied. I feel less like they are the black marks of sin and more like they are the brush strokes of a greater painting in progress. A Mona Lisa minus the smile, a Van Gogh with both ears intact and a Sistine Chapel without the sanctity.

To use my scars as hand holds, my faults as landmarks and my failures as road signs on the journey to the truth that lies just under my skin. Beneath all that makes up the person I have become, I struggle to adhere to a high standard and a righteous purpose. My goal is not to dispose of the eye sore, the ugly or the undesirable in me. It is to combine it in a collage with my strengths, hopes and intent. Form it into an image that does not require adoration, only understanding.

In the end I wish to bring all that I am together in a masterful mix of things I know will never blend well. To make a mockery of the weight stones I wear around my neck and liberate myself through the understanding and acknowledgement of the outside observer.

This thing I ask is less a favor and more a plea...a plea to see the art in me.


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