Poem About Art Life and Vulnerability

Pure Art

Pure art is fragile,
stitched together and held
by our dreams, joys, and struggles.
It is not perfect
for life is not perfect
and the truest art
reflects life as it is - 
imperfect, messy, 
yet full of possibility.

It is the imperfection that speaks
to our imperfect hearts,
assuring us that we too are beautiful
despite our flaws.
The artist knows that 
the harder perfection is sought after
the farther out of reach it becomes.
For the artist is human 
and so should their work - 
not messy. not sloppy. 
But real, raw, and pure.

Usually, the harder we try to perfect our art
the more harsh, cold, and lifeless it becomes.
Because pure art
invites us to embrace and love
ourselves and others
as the imperfect characters we are.
And that's why we love them. 

Justin Farley

Hello, everyone! I have recently published my first chapbook of Christian poems titled “A Voice in the Wilderness – A Chapbook of Poems about God”. This has been developed and polished over the past six months or so. I am happy with the final product and hope you find encouragement in the poems but also a validation that the spiritual life is not all sunshine and rainbows. We all struggle. We all have periods of questions and/or doubt. But it is the yearning that keeps us coming back for more and allows us to experience joy.
You can purchase either on Amazon or on my own bookstore (it is cheaper and has free shipping on my store) and is available on the Kindle and in paperback.
Amazon: Kindle Paperback
Inkspiration Books (my bookstore): Paperback

Thank you for your support!

What’s It Gonna Be (Demo) Song

So I’ve never done this before, but I thought I’d give it a shot…I thought I’d start uploading some of my songs from start to finish, instead of just posting the “polished” final. I think it’s important to not only put out the absolute best stuff, but also the stuff that is in progress, is messy, or has mess ups in it. Why? Well, for me, I’ve always gotten encouragement seeing actual professional artists have bad tracks or listening to their demos. It reminds the people just starting out that no one is perfect and that everything is a work in progress. It reminds me, “hey, I’m not the only one that doesn’t get it perfect the first time around.” But also, more importantly, I love watching the creative process…the magic that happens when starting with a lump of coal and molding it, pouring your heart into it, and breathing life into it until it becomes a beautiful piece of gold.


Verse 1

I’ve been lookin’ out my window..
Staring, wondering where you are.
I’ve been counting on tear drops
And wishing upon a broken heart.

Baby, if you could hear me,
Would you even call out my name?
There’s nothing like sitting next to love’s fire;
Nothin’ worse than burning in love’s flames,
Burning in love’s flames.


So tell me what am I gonna do
With these never-ending thoughts of you?
Tell me what am I gonna be,
Without you next to me.

So baby, what’s it gonna be,
Stay or leave?
Love or free?
What’s it gonna be?
What’s it gonna be?

Verse 2

I’ve been talking to shadows –
Memories that float in the air.
Misery’s my constant companion,
Providing nothing but despair,
Nothing but despair.

There’s no stars on heaven’s ceiling.
Nothing hangs but the moon.
All my dreams are quickly fading,
Alone, here in my room,
In my room.

Lyrics and Music Written and Performed by Justin Farley