Here is a Clue
by Thomas M. Miovas, Jr.
All Rights Reserved 1993
Here is a clue as what to do
While 'tempting to correct the glue
That binds your mind and body to
A culture stuck in moods of blue:
Remember art is Man's best way
Of realizing causal sway --
The cult of moralizing gray
Won't stand a chance to give a nay.
For an artistic vision bright
Enlightens all to see the right
Of Man the hero at his height
And glories even in the night.
'Tis not all lost to those who see
The power of philosophy,
But honor those who's glory be
Made real by concretizing thee.
Take up the banner of true art:
A necessary vital part
Not often used to make a start
(Most think of axes then depart).
Stay here and use your mind, to wit:
A change of soul to further it
Along such lines as proper knit;
Integrity will cure the rift.
The mind, it too needs nutrients
To help it through the rudiments
Of carving life from all the rents
Put forth by those at variance.
Let not your soul be want of life
Nor give into opposing strife,
For use of art as cutting knife
Can turn a man into a smithe.
'Tis his own soul he seeks to carve
From out of wasteland with no bard;
His heroes often left to starve
Because it's thought to be too hard.
But if it's difficult to be
A hero in this land of free,
Where else do you expect to see
Advice for rationality?
For justice is and justice must
Become the one to drive to dust
Dishonest preachers gaining trust
Of people's souls driving to bust.
Productiveness is not all clay
That's shaped by mindful hands at play;
One's spirit, too, needs to display
The prideful vigor of the day.
Be independent and be smart,
Let not the otherism start
To drain the knowledge of your part:
Simply compose heroic art.
Look deep enough and you will find,
That vision locked within your mind;
Philosophy and art combined
Lets few men settle for the rind.