With the poet

It does not begin with a

Blank page


With the artist

It does not begin with an

Empty canvas


With the musician

It does not begin with

Silent instruments


Before pen is put to paper

And brush is stroked on canvas

And notes become melodies

There is inspiration


It’s soft whispering that fills the ear

And images flashing in the mind

And music tickling the soul


It emanates

Before a beginning and after an ending

Like a newborn taking his first breath

Or a dying man taking his last


Enlightenment exists before manifestation

Gives power to random words

Splendor to smears of paint

Expression to incidental notes


Whether it comes

From joy or torment

Nothing is created

Until it is embraced and released





by Michele Vecchitto

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