Am I An Artist

Am I an artist
If I scrawl paint on canvas without meaning
Am I an artist
If I write song lyrics that don’t rhyme
Am I an artist
If I want to publish my work before I die
Am I an artist
If I get paid a salary for working from 9 to 5
Am I an artist
If I can never be truly original
Am I an artist
If no one ever validates this claim
Am I an artist
If I don’t have a certificate proclaiming it to be so
Am I an artist
If I believe my work sucks
Am I an artist
If I was given a canvas for Christmas and painted some pretty colours onto it
Am I am artist
If I take a photo of ‘ordinary’ humans in an ‘ordinary’ setting
Am I an artist
If I don’t dare call myself one for the thought of being considered arrogant and pretentious
Am I an artist
If my work is never finished
Am I an artist
If I’m five years old drawing a house with four windows and a chimney
Am I an artist
If my work confuses people
Am I am artist
When I feel like an imposter
Am I?

This is something I pondered after visiting the Tate Modern art gallery.

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