Thursday, January 21, 2010

There is no satisfaction

"There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening
that is translated through you into action,
and because there is only one of you in all time,
this expression is unique.

If you block it,
it will never exist through any other medium
and be lost.
The world will not have it.

It is not yours to determine how good it is;
nor how it compares with other expressions.
It is your business to keep the channel open.
You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work.
You have to keep open and aware directly
to the urges that motivate you.

Keep the channel open.
No artist is ever pleased.
There is no satisfaction whatever at any time.
There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction;
a blessed unrest that keeps us marching
and makes us more alive than the others."

-- Martha Graham

1 comment:

  1. thank you- powerful lilypad performance! you're an inspiring artist. i will post this poem above my drawing board. and go full force ahead. and the least i can do is reciprocate with a line from a poem:

    wild geese by mary oliver

    "you do not have to be good... you only have to let the soft animal of your body
    love what it loves."