For those days when you think to yourself, “I am not an artist. I am not a writer. I am not a musician. I suck. I got…nothin’. Michelangelo bitched harder than you ever have.
“Awwww fuuuuck,” said this Raleigh guy to me. “I’m no musician. We never got anywhere. Some homemade records and a few middle-aged aging hipsters who still come to see our shows. I’m no musician.”
One barista/poet/nanny/part-time jewelry maker who works for a coffee shop downtown cried in her espresso and exclaimed to me: “”I am no writer. I ain’t an artist of no kind. To turn a phrase.”
For those creative types who sometimes languish bereft, or stand as a vault wrenched, slashed open, scavenged and silent inside. Are ya’ gaping to the world with nothing to offer??
Despair not! Elation, self-satisfaction, and satiety will soon follow if you just keep on keepin’ on. Aw shucks, it’s just the human condition got you down temporarily. It’ll come back to you and you will, once again, be that thing that makes you perfectly comfortable and miserable in your own skin. I mean, Jesus, even Michelangelo bitched about losing his creative spirit – bogged down by the day-to-day and the failings of his skin sack. But don’t take my word for, read the Master’s own poem – yes, he was a poet.
Michelangelo: To Giovanni da Pistoia
“When the Author Was Painting the Vault of the Sistine Chapel”
I’ve already grown a goiter from this torture,
hunched up here like a cat in Lombardy
(or anywhere else where the stagnant water’s poison).
My stomach’s squashed under my chin, my beard’s
pointing at heaven, my brain’s crushed in a casket,
my breast twists like a harpy’s. My brush,
above me all the time, dribbles paint
so my face makes a fine floor for droppings!
My haunches are grinding into my guts,
my poor ass strains to work as a counterweight,
every gesture I make is blind and aimless.
My skin hangs loose below me, my spine’s
all knotted from folding over itself.
I’m bent taut as a Syrian bow.
Because I’m stuck like this, my thoughts
are crazy, perfidious tripe:
anyone shoots badly through a crooked blowpipe.
My painting is dead.
Defend it for me, Giovanni, protect my honor.
I am not in the right place—I am not a painter.