Art is a competitive event
only among fools.
Do not concern yourself with those
who create what you do not. No matter
the brilliance of their light.
For they do not create
as you would create.
There is no competition among artists.
There are only different doors.
Windows that open
onto a different land.
The world that you create
is yours. And its vistas
are like no others.
It is your decision.
And only yours.
Do not be concerned
that what you create
will be less than that
of another – or more.
For in that direction lies
only death; or worse:
the decision to not create.
You are born of the raging winds
the mirrored pool
and the winding road that never ends.
You reside in that highest place
that looks out on vistas
which only you can see.
You are the only one
who will bring them home.
As you decide.
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