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I'm slightly above average at a handful of things

Not good enough for brilliance but

Too good to ignore

In an era where skills must be monetized

But the effort of monetizing work is a hidden burden

Lurking behind a hill, blotting out a sunset

I'm coming to hate my art

I can string bright glowing glass and sparkling stones

With iridescent shells to make a necklace

It's not good enough

I can knit fluffy soothing yarn or soft chenille or

Perky daring colorful novelty fibers into

Improbably cosy sweaters

It's not good enough

I weave descriptions and worlds from dust

And imagined shadows into aching glory

It's not good enough

I can sing trembling lines of poetry and melody

from silence and stillness into colour

It's not good enough

To survive under capitalism

What happened to the starry future skies

We used to dream up,

With mechanized wonders and lives of leisure

And brilliant new attractions and follies

Everything is either popular, for rich people, or carefully faked

I hate my art because

I'm not famous on tiktok

Because at some point art has started to feel like

Palliative care for the soul

And regardless of skill

I'm too ugly to go viral

*** Michelle Browne is a sci fi/fantasy writer and editor. She lives in Lethbridge, AB with her partners-in-crime and their cats. Her days revolve around freelance editing, knitting, jewelry, and learning too much. She is currently working on other people’s manuscripts, the next books in her series, and drinking as much tea as humanly possible. Find her all over the internet: *Website * Mailing list * Magpie Editing * Amazon * Tumblr * Mastodon *Facebook * Medium * Twitter * OG Blog* Instagram * * Ko-fi

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