Life, Art, and Truth

Is all good art about happiness,

Light and beauty?

Is it about being positive,

Affirming truth,

And selling a message?

Well, yes and no.

It should, in the end,

Reveal some kind of truth,

But, as human beings,

All we have to do

Is live our lives,

And we reveal truth.

It is built into creation.

It is a building block

Of all life.

Creation is just a creative thing.

Life is truth.

So, just create, feel absolutely free

To go wherever your spirit leads you.

You can’t help but create something

That has some redeeming quality.

How entertaining, successful,

Or profitable it turns out to be,

Is another story.

But don’t worry about that.

Just use the gifts God gives you,

No matter how big or small,

And God will use you, somehow,

Even if it is just to teach you something

About yourself, or someone close to you,

Or, perhaps, something important to you,

Like your life, or your art.

Life is a learning process,

And so is creativity.

They are inseparable from each other.

So,  do your thing,

Whatever it is,

And don’t think about the results,

Too much.

Just think about life.

We can all relate to that.

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Is It Really What You Believe?

Believe.

What does that mean?

Seems it’s gotten torn, and crushed,

Manipulated in the extreme.

Does it mean discriminate,

If you are the privileged religion?

Does it mean murder,

If you are against

What one person chooses to do

Inside their own body,

At a health care facility?

Does it mean denying

Someone’s legal right

To publicly affirm

Their love and commitment

For someone who

Is very special in their life,

And grasp the privileges

That most of us take for granted?

Why?

Why does belief

Have anything to do

With all this?

What really justifies

These obviously immoral actions?

Why do so many

Delude themselves

Into thinking

It is okay?

Let’s choose love, instead.

Let’s choose freedom,

Equality, tolerance, compassion.

Imagine yourself

On the other side.

Imagine how you would feel,

What you would think,

What you would do,

If people took away your choices,

Just because of their beliefs.

Doesn’t it seem silly,

Crazy, horrific, sad, shocking,

Doesn’t it seem so wrong?

I think if you’re honest with yourself,

You can see these truths,

You can see the light

That you fool yourself

Into thinking that you already see

Just because of what you believe,

What you claim

Comes from a God

Who surrendered his powers

In every way, except to love.

That is what you should believe.

Perhaps, you should think again,

And stop using

What you believe

As an excuse.

Perhaps, it is not really

What you believe, after all.

It is a delusion,

Passed on for many years,

Accepted without question.

It is a lie.

Liberty and Justice for All (Really)

Why should anyone

Bend or bow?

Why do they have to

Compromise?

These crazy hoops

The establishment

Creates for all of us,

The silly rules,

The ridiculous laws,

The absurd regulations.

They only serve

The very few.

Do most people

Really care?

No.

Most people

Do not benefit

Or have any

Interest in these

Stupid excuses

For harassment.

Those who do

Are not the majority.

Let’s get rid

Of all of it.

Let’s stop

Playing God

With people’s

Everyday lives,

People’s precious time,

People’s private spaces.

These should be

Off limits.

If it doesn’t really

Interfere,

Why keep this stuff

On the books?

Privilege is wrong.

Discrimination is wrong.

Harassment is wrong.

That’s what should

Be outlawed.

That’s what should be

Prosecuted,

Convicted,

Sentenced,

And penalized

Severely.

Let’s wake up

And fix

Our terribly

Broken

(In)Justice system.

Let’s turn things around,

And make our country

Into a land

Where dreams come true

For every citizen,

Not just

The privileged few,

The rich,

The powerful,

The white.

This has to change.