Poet??? Did You Say, Poet?
Poets, more than artists, need a good sense of humor. I'll admit, I used to cringe at the thought of answering the BQ : "What do you do?".
The answer is always, from here, out, "I'm an artist and poet."
Simple enough to say, one might think, but seeing and hearing the usual responses, ( from raised brows to exclamations of " A what? A what did you say?") I soon learned to respond with, "I'm a writer and painter."
A writer and painter is different than an artist and poet. The term "writer and painter" elicits many more positive comments, since there are numerous ways to perceive a writer, versus, "a poet" and a painter, versus, "an artist."
Of course, there is always the chance the person, to whom you are speaking, will interpret "painter" as someone involved with house renovations.
After several years of being a painter and a writer, I decided it was time to reinvent myself, and time to own up to being an artist and a poet.
The fact, I have composed nearly six thousand poems, is an accomplishment and a poet should be reckoned with and recognized.
Go ahead, ask me what I do...
Why, I'll look you straight in the eye, look you up and down and tell you. I am an artist and a poet.
In response, JDK Chipps, sent the following note and poem:
I offer this to you, from my heart:
Itself, the eye cannot see
as the sword cannot cut itself.
But in the eye of another,....perhaps
J.D.K. Chipps, © 2005
JDK refers to this poem as an interpersonal haiku blending of Jean-Paul Sartre and Zen philosophy.
..."itself, the eye cannot see itself, and a knife cannot cut itself, so the knower cannot know itself." is indeed, "Old Wisdom"...