Why do we teach self-expression
as a commodity
with the ultimate goal being
to get money and attention for what we create?
Why are artists like Henry Darger, like Vivian Maier
who keep their creative practice private
considered somehow deficient
Why do we continue to critique self-expression
in a way that causes so many to quit
with bitter feelings?
Why not teach self-expression
as a life long practice, a skill
like brushing your teeth,
eating healthful foods,