“Art Trilogy”

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I
Art is
the last defense
you have
against
a system
that does
not want
you to be free.

I suspect
that
if my
profit margins
are based
on whether or not
I can
get you
to buy 
erection pills
I do not want
you
to have
a strong sense
of self.

The problem is
(provided
you believe
it’s a problem)
is that now
instead of just
eight
or so
mega-companies
blasting
their agenda
into your brain
you’ve got
everyone on the planet
in on the game
too.

We’re all accessible now.
We’re all being beamed
and broadcasted
into each other’s
bedrooms.
And my particular
brand
of
bullshit
is
only
a tweet away.

Greater communication
equals
greater freedom
NSA surveillance
notwithstanding.

Nah.

Art
is
my only means
of carving out
a sphere
of being
that is truly
my own.

Art
is
my mental
immune system
making sure
that my
bullshit

SHITS

the loudest!

II
Art is
warfare
Art is
cannonfire.

BOOM! BOOM!

Art is
blood

Art is
a woman
I didn’t want
to love
in the first place
but I do

Art is this.

And it’s not.

III
You have to fight
your way
to
the Pure Place.

That’s where
it’s at.
Once you get
to the Pure Place
you’ll be fine

but you gotta
get there.

You gotta fight
your way
past the fear
past the self-doubt
past the self-loathing
past the self-loving
past the dreams
of being hot shit
past wondering
if there’s any
of that chicken
left
in the fridge
past that ache in your back
and your sore ass
past the voices
in your head
that tell you
that you suck
and won’t amount to anything
(even if they’re right
fuck ’em anyway)
You still gotta fight your way
past them.

You gotta fight your way past everything

Because
if you stay true
and steadfast
if you don’t
give in
to cowardice
and laziness
if you’re willing
to face
the possibility
of self-annihilation

if
in spite of
all the forces of hell
arrayed against you
you dare
to reach your hand out
anyways

you WILL
reach
the Pure Place
yes
you will reach

THE PURE PLACE

and you will break bread
with the Godhead

and the best part is
tomorrow

you get to do it all over again

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