About

 

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 interpret

It’s yours to exhibit

You are the creator

You are the curator.

 

Your life is a work of art.

 

 

Elspeth Murray 2009