It’s really cool
to talk about art,
with your daughter-
to listen to her critique of masters and peers,
to discuss ideas,
willfully acknowledge that we are the harshest judge our own efforts,
to admit that sometimes we look at something we’ve created
with something close to awe~ did I do that?
to celebrate when our work is acknowledged by others,
this deep connection that goes beyond our DNA-
the soul of an artist.