Here is a short poem inspired by the newly launched Patreon campaign 'People for the arts' peopleforthearts.org #forthearts.
Although I don't live in the U.S, as a writer know how important it is for the state of any country to support its creative industries. When the state tries to subjugate these rights via obtuse legislation we have to wonder 'What is it the state trying to hide by suppressing the voice of creative expression?'
Thus we must not sit back as a creative community and allow the suppression of artistic free speech in any society, because often this is how we express a snapshot of ourselves which helps to educate the generations that come after us.
With this in mind, I decided to tackle the issue in the best way I know how, and hopefully show some solidarity for those creators who might still ultimately suffer from these funding cuts in the future. Hope you like it:
Crushing the paint and the ink beneath its bureaucratic heel,
We suffer the rambling tweets of an uninspired dictator;
A smokescreen of lies and fakery has blinded a nation,
To the hidden motives of a few that will starve its creators.
The state can’t control our art, though it yearns to destroy it,
But while it plots and schemes to try and take the funding apart;
The sweep of the artists brush and the ideas from writers,
Will combine to become bigger than the sum of their parts.
Rise up, rise up with pen and brush in hand, ‘People for the Arts’
Are the words we’ll cry, empowering creative community;
Come together and scoop up the ink and paint from the dust,
For now is the time, to exhibit our state of unity.