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I don't deserve to be an artist.

I don't know how to hold deep meaningful conversations with strangers.

I don't lament at night about a lover I have lost.

I don't watch the white smoke ebb into darkness.

I don't spend lonely nights admiring the true beauty of the world.

I don't sleep restlessly from the truth of suffering within this world.

I don't lie through my smiles or struggle to create them.

But I do think I am a writer.

I am completely, irreparably damaged.

I cry all night over old words and emotional baggage.

I weep over my lost innocence.

I spend nights wishing for skin against my own

I long for insomnia to inspire me.

I beg for worlds to collide so I can breathe.

So am I writer really?

Or just another misguided artist?
I hate being insecure about what I do. And I often am. So many people ask me whether I am an artist and I always say no, I am a writer. Are writers not artists? Why must there be so much of a distinction? Why is the world so narrow minded about the written word?

The above words are from people who were trying to tell me why the artist and writer is different. The first verse belongs to the people who tried to educate me. The second is my answer...and to be honest, I don't see the ideological difference between an artist and a writer or what makes one less than the other. We all just want to create...right?




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PixelChic978 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist
Hah, Hammer777 that's true! even so, artists and writers create. it's that simple. it's that beautiful. if people wanna butcher it up and take it outta context that's their problem, they don't deserve such nice words
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hammer777 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 22, 2014
Well... Jackson Pollock's stuff looked like someone flashed a black light over a bar in Amsterdam and he's an artist. THERE'S HOPE FOR US!
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Willowwish14 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
Words paint pictures, and every picture tells a story. The written word and visual art are connected, one and the same. Therefore, both are art.
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SurrealNacre Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i agree with that a lot, people always say writing and art are different but, it's the same thing really, i mean I'm a poet AND and artist and i honestly dont see a difference. the same things that keep me up at night and cause me to draw, cause me to write
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mypienow Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
I call my writings "doodles". They're rarely finished-- they're like a sketch artist's unguided, unplanned drawings, not a masterpiece, but a start to a work. A way to let my feelings out. I think you're an artist. You paint pictures with your words.
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symphonyoftheheart Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Neither. You are a true artist who is confused about who you are. And has no self confidence and artist can make you feel what they feel you can do that. You are an artist.
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jesus33chick Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I believe that writing is just as much of an art as painting, sculpting, photographing, drawing, singing, performing, and animating. Art is a general term used to categorize the hundreds of thousands of areas of creativity enjoyed by the people around the world.
Painting, sculpting, photography, drawing, and performing are all forms of visual art, whereas instrument-playing and singing are forms of aural art. Poetry, lyrics, stories, and novels are simply of another art medium.
If that is where your insecurities lie, don't fret. Writers are artists, by my definition, and an artist is a person who creates. If you create, you are an artist. =)

Nonetheless, this is an amazing piece of art. I love the thought behind it and the struggle through the realm of am I an artist? Keep up the beautiful artwork!!! =)
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NotenSMSK Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Insecurities. I won't go into my own experience with insecurities but from your words it seems that your wounds go deeper still. But coming to the topic... well written work. I like the way you have stated the two minds although I would not deny that I prefer a work being self explanatory - without a description but then again, this was probably more of an outlet than a work to be published.

The distinction between an artist or writer? I feel writer is a subset of an artist and so all writers are artists since art is defined in that way. When a person reads your work out aloud, it sounds really wonderful. I love the expressions it has conveyed and the way it addresses the people who have had similar experiences.

Hope you manage to conquor your insecurities... at least some of them. After all... not all fears are easy to face...
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musiclover422 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
i feel you, its hard struggling with the insecurities. but to me literature is art, it creates another world to see just like a picture or drawing, because you are a writer you are def an artist
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imaterribledrawer Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
If you can move a stranger in a deep and meaningful way with art, you don't need to be able to have a conversation with them.
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silvioricardonelli Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
este poema me apasiona; porque todos tenemos altibajos y nos consideramos a nosotros mismos buenos en lo que hacemos ... o no, pero lo hacemos. Ser escritor para mí es un motivo de vida, es poder expresar lo que no hablo con nadie, lo que está latente en mí y no sale de otra forma que no sea la escritura ... seas bueno o malo, para calificar eso está la gente; ¿qué pienso de tus poemas? que son excelentes.
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drawformyne Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Student General Artist
An artist is a person that do art.It does'nt really matter what kind of art
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tiraluv Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
hmm... i'm going to write something now. You've made me think. I do love that about you. Your poignance always inspires me to write something. Not particulary on the topic you've written, but on the emotions and thoughts that your writing pulled to the surface. Your writing makes me feel things so deeply that I must write. My soul can't help but fall onto paper when my emotions are so clear, so pure. I'd try to explain it better, but I have a feeling that you get it. You're a writer too. But we are also artists. Yet, the proof of art is in our souls and the souls that we touch. Most people don't believe something until they see it, no matter how much they feel it. It's their loss. Kudos to you for being in league with the wind.
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Jamesthemagicaljelly Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
A writer is so much more than an artist in my mind. Not because writing is more or less difficult than creating a masterpiece of clay or oil and canvas, but because a writer creates a masterpiece in your mind and takes you places no one else ever can. They take a seemingly simple concept or idea and make it something that has so much more meaning and depth than you ever dreamed. A truly great writer will take an idea, shape it to their will, and use it to leave a lasting and permanent mark on who you are. So, in my mind, at least, writers are indeed artists. For me, writers have a much greater impact on me than any painter or sculptor.
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jesus33chick Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love to hear that some people see writing that way. It's so hard to find people in this generation that actually appreciate written art like you seem to. I'm a hardcore reader and I write whenever I get the chance (although schoolwork has held me back in the last few months). My books take me places and I can never quite seem to find my way back to reality, not completely. It's like a little piece of me will always be left in Narnia, so to speak. Every book I've ever read stays with me, and I find that the most beautiful art galleries exist as libraries.
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underorion Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
anyone who creates, anyone who makes something from themselves, is an artist.
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That is true. :)
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Davidpoet30 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
i will tell you something else for all the fans i have and all the people that tell me what i do is good in the back of mind i think "its crap. i cant write like others i know or bend words into wire frames, i am not as good as frost or dickinson" yet still i write its all i can do.
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Davidpoet30 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
you are a writer only a writer could express such thoughts with such depth
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Bless! Thank you for saying that to me! :)
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Davidpoet30 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
you are welcome my friend
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SCS227 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
RIGHT!
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
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Lumenovus Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, we just want to create. Any effort to separate writers from artists amounts only to meaningless wordplay.
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Sabbatticus Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Same intent, different medium.
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is so true. :)
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NinkSmiley Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
You are both.

A writer can be anyone. But that doesn't mean he (or she) can write good stuff. An artist is a writer with a writing talent.

Actually I am just thinking that every talent is art. Not actual art but like art that you can do,what other people can't. It is art even if it's writing or sport. It is art itself that you can do it.
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much for saying that. And you are right. :hug:
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NinkSmiley Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
No pro
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Image-heart Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
The greatest artists are not the ones who creates great works of art, they are the ones, whose life itself is art or shall we say poetry, thus their creations are an organic expressions, of their soul...

The world is large enough to all diversity and contrasting viewpoints and people to exist, and we get to choose, what we want to be or focus on for that matter. Similarly, we do not deserve anything in life, everything is of our choosing.

At some point we no longer wish to be defined by our story or somebody else's version of our story, as we realise we are not our story, it only happened to us, for a while..that is when we are born again, we do not care about our broken pieces, we simply ask God to recreate us afresh, in this life, that is when we are healed..
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Beautifully said. Thank you for the education. <3
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confidenceAlive Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You ARE an artist. End of story.
(a very talented and inspired one at that, imho)
Not just a writer; anybody can write, and lots of people try. But it takes more than that to be an author because authors create, and imagine, and dream. So don't listen to them. Don't listen to the haters cause haters gonna hate like potatoes gonna po-tate. Don't listen to your own doubts and fears, because they aren't completely true or accurate. You are what you were born to be; it's up to you to find out what that is and enjoy it to the full, and I think you've begun to.

(:
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for saying that! <3
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confidenceAlive Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The truth is always welcome ;)
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lyonesse2710 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
I think if it creates beauty, then it is art. And beauty comes in as many forms as there are shades of light. So yes, you are an artist and a writer. They go hand in hand, and it is impossible to separate them.

Beautifully written, by the way!
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for the lovely comment! :)
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lyonesse2710 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
you are very welcome! :)
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MrMeowmerz Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Art makes you think. And if you make stuff that makes people think, you're an artist. =w=
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well said! :D
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Kailani-e Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
You are an artist and a writer. A creator. A detailor of love and the deep emotions that run crests through the souls of both man and woman. You are a dealer of truth and harmony through the eyes of a broken world. If you are not an artist and a writer, we're all cows.
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:lol: Thank you for both the tears that moved me and the laugh! :D
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Kailani-e Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
^^ You're welcome. I appreciate your words so much, and you inspire me so much. So I wanted you to know that. :D :hug:
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silvioricardonelli Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
¿y qué diferencia hay entre un artista y un escritor ? ¿no es la misma que existe entre un deportista y un futbolista ?
un futbolista no deja de ser un deportista, pues el futbol es un deporte; entonces un escritor no deja de ser un artista, pues escribir es un arte; simplemente, me encanta lo que escribes.
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CarminaEnoctis Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Good analogy
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haikaree Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If your poems aren't art, what is art then? I so admire your skills with words and what you create with them. Your words form a picture in my mind and never fail to touch my heart. That is real art for me. Something that contains some piece of it's creator, something that touches me and leaves me feeling awe. Something that not everybody can do, something special. Your poems are special to me, that's why I watch you and not one of the other countless writers. And I do think that a good writer can be an artist. You are. But not every writer is, I'd say. I guess a writer is somebody who does writing and not every form of writing is art. But yours definitely is <3
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for this beautiful comment! :D
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haikaree Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome. I just love your poetry :) can't say that often enough
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EvranaWolfsong Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I believe that writing is a form of art. Poetry, for sure, is art. Novels are art. Essays and more intellectual pieces are debatable. That's my two cents. But I think it's wrong to tell someone their writing isn't art.
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Absolutely! Very very well said! :)
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