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How can you say that art is helpful in the face of war-terror-death-and all the other darkness that humanity perpetrates on itself? – Poetry by Beulah Vega

How can you say that art is helpful in the face of war-terror-death-and all the other darkness that humanity perpetrates on itself?

Because that’s what it’s meant to do.
It’s what it was created to do. It’s what we, artists,
do. You bring tanks - we paint rainbows on your
gunport. You bring bombs - we quilt blankets
to line the concrete shelters with beauty. You try
to silence us with violence - we write sonnets
with your ugly words turning them into so many daisies
in a field of weeds. Sometimes you pass laws
in places like Texas and Arkansas -places that paint
with your favorite color. But we know that red and blue
can be mixed with light and become the pink and teal
on a transgender flag. You use money as power
and power as justification for the death you order
onto those who oppose you. We painted those pictures.
We wove that linen and paper. We invented the press
that your money is dependent on.
You can hold a gun to our temple - you can pull the trigger-
you can watch the bullet take the spark that created
beauty- but the art will live. Art is not a human
It is humanity - It is not mortal but lives as cultural
consciousness within us all. You can flail in impotent rage
and call it “justifiable conflict” or “patriotism.” WE
plant seeds of hope that flower into the vines
which will topple all the monuments to your memory.
War-terror-death-oppression-prejudice-YOU are momentary
Art is the immortality of those you tried to silence.
Beulah Vega

Beulah Vega is a writer, poet, and theatrical artist living and working in California’s Bay Area. Her poetry has been published in The Literary Nest, Sage Cigarettes, Walled Women, and Blood & Bourbon among others. Her first book of poetry 'A Saga for the Unrequited' will be published in August of 2021 by Fae Corp Publishing. She is still amazed when people refer to her as a writer, every time. To follow her lunacy (artistic and otherwise) find her on Facebook @BFVegaauthor and Instagram/Twitter @Byronwhoknew.

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