A Poem about aRTISTS

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Gustave Dore ( famous French illustrator of the Classics to the Bible) would wake his Mother up at night when he was a toddler & tell her 'I need to draw", she would give him paper and he'd lay on the floor by her bed all night and draw.
Frank Lloyd Wright's mother was convinced her son would become a great Architect when he was in her womb. She placed drawings of the great Cathedrals in his nursery after his birth.
David Gray ( wonderful British musician) self published and promoted his break-out cd: 'White Ladder' that catapulted his success.
Bryan Adams ( rocker-musician) self published his hit song: 'Summer of '69' on a cassette and took it to radio stations and publishers.......the rest is history.
Jackson Browne released his ' Pretender' album after his wife committed suicide.
Ernest Hemingway self published his first book...............no one wanted it.
Van Gogh sold one painting in his lifetime but his brother Theo financed his entire life.
Handel wrote the score for 'The Messiah' but could not settle on the words until while sitting on a park bench a man walked up and gave him all the words ( they were Scriptures ).
Alex Miller Robinson, an illiterate West Virginian was a carpenter who built The Alter at the Congressional ( DC) Chapel that if you pushed a button it would revolve to any of 4 different faiths.
He was also my Grandfather.


Being an Artist is not a choice.
Loving one is.
Appreciating an Artist in music, dance,theater,literature,paint or any tangible thing is in Us All.
Knowing, is rarer.
I'm sorry . . . if your not one . . . you'll never 'get' one.
They'd rather Create than eat.
They'll study something they've made for hours - days, just making sure it Communicates.
Their Passion ignites Water . . .
Their curiosity about Everything is Voracious.
They take blenders apart to learn how they work.
There must be: 'order out of chaos.'
Pain inspires them to create an Answer.
It's always: 'Truth against the World'.
They fail at relationships with those that are Alive differently.
They often drink or drug themselves towards an . . . Isolated death.
Because they cannot live Up ( in their personal life ) to the standard of Beauty they Worship.

Never ask them to produce the same thing twice.
Unless your a Musician and they want that song sang again- now that's...... Affirmation !
They live internally, like an Iceberg. You have no idea what they're thinking about.
There is an unseen and indiscernible Voice inside them, while you babble on about your day.
Maybe one word you said gave them the title or a line to a poem, book or song.
The rest was a waste of their Mind & Time.
They bore easily and detest having to price their Creations because they're . . . 'Children'.
They live in the World, they’re just not of it.

They've tried out all the 'jobs' . . . trying to 'conform or survive'.
Tried to be what You wanted.
Why not Wallow in the Gift - to your Person ?
Money is not the Measure or Value of most things we Need.
We need to be Who we Are and be with ( if possible ) someone who knows: Value.

by/ James Robinson /just copy & paste if you like this...............after coughing up .20 cents. :)

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