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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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PoetryToTheMasses Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
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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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DeviantArtist14 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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