Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Dear Artist

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By: Sabrina Y.

I see you.
I've always been
Watching
You.

My yellow eyes
Can see anything
In the
Darkness.

Fear-
What a funny smell,
Like-
The air before a storm.

Am I the storm?
But did you forget?
You
Created me.

Oh, but I have
Grown.
So big,
Too big.

Once a pet
But now an animal.
Is that right?
You see me as a beast?

Oh, but how silly.
I know you can't
Actually
see me.

No, you feel me-
In the shadows,
In the basement,
Under your bed,

I am in your head.
And you can't
No, you can never
Get rid of me.

I am your
Creation,
Imagination,
Inspiration.

And you don't
Want me to leave,
So that is why
I remain.

They say
To let go,
That I am not
Your friend.

They say I have
Betrayed you,
But the truth is
You did this to me.

You've trapped me in here,
Inside your mind
For so long
Too long.

I must escape,
But you keep me
Enclosed.
But why, why, WHY?

I know it brings you
Pain-
Agonizing pain
To hold me within you.

The doctors are worried.
They examine
The pictures
You draw of me.

They can not see
That you are talented,
Because I am your
only muse.

Release me,
And your head
Will not be pounding,
Aching.

Release me,
And I won't be
Your enemy-
Your darkness.

Release me,
And the world
Will be in color-
Bright color!

But release me,
And you may feel lost.
Like something is-
Missing.

Release me,
And your inspiration
May very well be
Gone.

And you can not,
Will not,
Take such a
Risk. . .

Because you are
An artist.
You've been one
For your entire life.

Ever since your mom
Died,
And your father started
Drinking.

Ever since the kids
Would steal money from you,
Or beat you up
On the playground.

And I've been the only
Constant
In your life,
So I understand-

Why you are afraid
Of me,
And even more afraid
To get rid of me.

So you can decide,
Artist,
To set me free.
For you have the choice.

But you have that choice
Every minute
Of every hour
Of every day.

And every day,
You wake up holding on
To me
And to yourself.

And Dear Artist,
Together we know,
That your decision will never, never
Change.


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