What Is Art?

I was sitting on a swing in a virtual world and thinking on how beautiful the build was that had been designed to evoke and memorialize my dead family members and close friends who had died before their time and in a wave of 27 in the space of a couple of years.  It crossed my mind to wonder on just what art is.  Surely this build is at least in my mind and heart some of the best art in my world.

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What Is Art?
by Michael Romani
What is art?
I don’t think I know
Despite my best efforts
I think sometimes it shows
I see people seeking comfort
In so many ways
That it sends my mind spinning
And my eyes in a glaze
Some folks talk
About beauty and meaning
But there’s so much out there
That seems too demeaning
Filled with ugly, dread and fear
That limiting art to beauty and meaning
Seems to deny parts of truth
In favor of dreaming
A look at the word’s origin
Fails us once more and again
Ars, meaning craft and skill
Seemingly eludes those
Who toss spatters at will
And have often chose
To organically go with the feel
Of an erratic spill
Turning my mind to philosophy
I think really hard on axiology
Studying form and expression
In their fundamental representation
There in the mimesis of imitation
Soul sought in its initiation
But this is not the only value
Measured in emotional hue
Evoking responses of the heart
In attempting to define art
Some have looked toward equality
Judging in terms of formal quality
Rhythm and balance in harmony
Are but part of art’s inner unity
It’s a world filled with determination
That waiting eyes see with each rendition
Views taken in with each circumstance
Each era breathing new happenstance
There’s little that is empirical evidence
Where much is left up to providence
This often escapes my conceptuality
All for the sake of some originality
An originality that seems to escape us all
Though we hang it on our every wall
What is art?
I don’t think I know
Despite my best efforts
I think sometimes it shows
I see people seeking comfort
In so many ways
That it sends my mind spinning
And my eyes in a glaze
(c) August 15, 2019  Michael Romani
All Rights Reserved

 

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Writer, poet, musician, surfer, father of two princesses.
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