Poetry by Jeff Green

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Art for art’s sake!

by cricketjeff on October 11, 2009.  © Jeff Green, All rights reserved

It doesn’t matter what you have to say,
Your words aren’t words the World will want to hear.
I thought that I’d already made it clear,
“It’s only art if you can make it pay.”
      You know that you can show a better way
      But nobody will listen when you do.
      Relax! You know the fault is not in you,
      It’s only art if you can make it pay.
But paint a shed and call it “On Display”,
Persuade a fool to spend a heap of cash,
It’s genius and not a heap of trash!
It’s only art if you can make it pay.
      It doesn’t matter what you have to say,
      It’s only art if you can’t make it pay.

Author notes

Your prompt is a verse taken from the poem ‘The Ghost’ By Australian poet Henry Lawson.

:`Flowing founts of inspiration leave their sources parched and dry,
Scalding tears of indignation sear the hearts that beat too high;
Chilly waters thrown upon it drown the fire that’s in the bard;
And the banter of the critic hurts his heart till it grows hard.
At the fame your muse may offer let your lip in scorn be curled,
`Self and Pelf’, my friend, remember, that’s the motto of the world. ”

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