And I wondered how many Artists are Cleaners? Lynda Gray
Our cleaner told me she was an artist once,
And I said. “What do you mean once?”
I said, “Why don’t you go down to the art shop
and buy some canvases and paint?”
Then she said, “I would but something is stopping me.”
I said, “Is it perfectionism?”
She said, “Yes I need to be perfect.”
I said, “Who taught you that? Was it the school system?”
She said, “Yes, with a tear in her eye.”
My sister was the academic one and I was the dumb one
who could only draw and dance,
My daughter’s a professional dancer you know.
And I wondered how many cleaners are artists?
They told me at school I was a failure because I wasn’t academic.
But I was the best artist in school,
All I wanted to do was draw and paint.
They still have some of my paintings you know.
I said, “You know every person who talks about success
said they made many mistakes.”
She stared at me not understanding the same old ‘academic’
narrow system she had been in.
She said, “She cleaned for a teacher who painted and she had
canvases all over her house.”
I made her promise me she would buy some canvases and paint.
She said, “Her sister became a teacher, but she was the dumb one
who could only paint!”
So she’s a cleaner who doesn’t paint,
and her sisters teaching the next generation of Artists that
they’re dumb. Perhaps!
Because there not academic, they just want to paint.
And I wondered how many artists are cleaners?