what’s the going rate on an artist’s soul?

there is a price to pay for making art
there is a price to pay
if you want paper
to turn into soul
in someone else’s hands

it’s not easy-
reaching darkness
just to later walk out of it

and I just hope
that the light you have
is bright enough
to bring you back
I just hope
you don’t forget
none of that darkness
belongs to you
or is yours to keep

treat it as a brief encounter
a first date you never want to see again
get what you need
and leave it just where it is:
behind you
a story now of your survival
a testament of your strength.

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