skills

I have no idea

how a musician feels a piece of music

they can play

or can’t play

though I have been known to struggle

to pick out a bass lick

how an artist understands the landscape

prepares to render their subject

though I have set to with hammer & chisels

on a wood block to create a head

same with clay & plastics

how a politician can play the crowd

speak in truths half truths outright lies

wondering if it is contempt

of the crowd allows this

though I have taught large groups

& found them unreceptive to truth

different skills different ways

art forms struggling to be born

though I can always spot the whiff

feel writhing in my bones

bullshit in all its myriad forms

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