The End of Austin

an exploration of urban identity in the middle of Texas

Creative Class Blues

texas storm

Photo courtesy of Clara Bensen

if creativity is the ultimate virtue,

then why did god create the earth

only to drown it

in a flood?

I ask as a creator who traffics

not in planets but in clicks,

and who, like the Almighty,

has grown wary

of her own creations.

or perhaps I’m wary of creating altogether

in this city of

new creativity, true creativity,

and the Top 10 Secrets to

Unleashing Your Hidden Creativity!

if you say any word enough times

you begin to forget what it means,

and maybe it’s worth forgetting

if what it means

is simply:

adult coloring books

and life hacks and laundry-fetching apps

and all products crafted, curated,

bearded, and barrel-aged.

if creativity

is nothing more radical than

really good branding,

then maybe it’s worth destroying

like the Almighty Creator

did in the beginning.

so if I were you, I’d craft an artisan ark,

because I’m made

in god’s image,

and I am in

the mood

for deluge.


Clara Bensen is the author of “No Baggage: A Minimalist Tale of Love and Wandering,” a novel depicting a sans-luggage adventure to Europe with a newly-minted travel partner. She takes long, cross-city walks in Austin and writes poetry. You can read more here: www.clarabensen.com.

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This entry was posted on May 24, 2016 by in Creative Writing, emotion, environment, poetry.
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