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Rural Renaissance Art


On the rural frontier

When buildings fail

                    Or grow tired,


When bankers won’t lend

 And insurance companies

                   Desert you,


When climate shifts

And ancient brick crumbles


When dark storm clouds

And harsh winds

                   Attack in the night,


When the soul screams depression,

Yet the heart and the spirit of youth

Still fight on against all that

                   Logically says, “Give up”


There stands the stubborn voice inside your head

That speaks to not giving in to the dark.


Against the grain,

Against the doubters,

Against the fear of failure,

Against the weight of changing economies,

Against the modern history of

                   “It’s only about me”,


A hand reaches toward the sky and proclaims,

It’s time to reclaim

                   Our community.


The hand clenches the paint brush,

With reds, blues, yellows, greens,

All primary colors

Painting a new band-aid on yesterday’s failures.

          Hoping to buy time to rebuild.


Primary, in that we are back to basics

          With the American experiment.


The paint job works as a platform

          To make the statement.


No more looking backward.

No more giving in to what was.

No more asking permission to make brighter.

No more setting in the shadows of smallness.

No more being afraid of change.


With strength of hope,

being pushed by dreams of a better tomorrow,

America’s small towns raise the flag of a new cause,

          Rural Renaissance.  


This movement makes its stand

And takes its victories,

          One old building at a time.  

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