When artists are asked the somewhat illusory question-
or perhaps just asking it of themselves as age and use begin to take their toll-
what (function) do you most fear losing,
the expected response is eye sight or
use of hands.
These are our greatest tools of creation after all-
As this question flitted through my contemplative mind once
again this morning I realized
that’s not my answer.
As I lose eye sight
and the ability to use my hands as life, age, use
begin to diminish them
there will be another way
that will rise to take their place.
What I fear most losing-
what would render the eyes and hands useless despite their still ‘able’-
call it what you like.
I fear losing the spirit that puts my eye-tools and hand-tools to purpose.
A man paints with his brains and not with his hands. Michelangelo Buonarroti
obsessively, I hold
the practices and treasures that keep heart alive~
Hands and eyes will fade.