I wrote this poem while on the Chicago leg of the 2009 Scotland-Chicago Teaching Artist Exchange. It was originally a commission for a BBC website for young people providing creative stimuli and multi-media tools. That online resource no longer exists but this poem has become for me something of a manifesto – hence this website. 


Your Life Is A Work Of Art



In the blink of an eye

on an ordinary day


When your pocket spills a

picture that says it all


When the street you’re in

is a scene from a film


When your soundscape

whirlwinds in a single kiss


Your life is a work of art.


The shine that you

bring to the story


The way that you

wear that hat


The faces you saw

in the cracks on the floor


Your life is a work of art.


When you and your

friends strike a pose


The reason that you

chose those rhymes


The angles of your arms

at the end of the dance


Your life is a work of art.


Your own reflection

when you least expect it


Or colours caught in your

drawer of clothes


A collage of everything

you’ve ever left behind


Your life is a work of art.


How you frame it

when you see it

because you sense it

and how you edit.


It’s yours to inhabit

It’s yours to exhibit

You are the creator

You are the curator.


Your life is a work of art.



Elspeth Murray 2009

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