If you know that you will not get paid
for the wonderful book you wrote,
the emotional piece of song you composed,
the astounding art you painted,
the magnificent device you invented,
the brilliant movie you made,
the incredible drama or dance you performed,
but it will inspire people from all over the world,
it will move them to tears and bring them joy,
it will change lives and give hope
because of what you created.
Would you still write it, compose it, paint it,
invent it, make it, perform it
because you have the gift?
Or would you rather wait until one day
when someone agrees to reward you?