In Defense of the N.E. A.
The most powerful of human expressions
Are unfinished poems, works of art
The findings in science
Because they offer imagination, invention
Healing and hope– all come
Out of the Unknown– A finished work is
A gift of creative process, but it is the process
That gives the gift, so it alone
Is most respected and loved.
The people should not be denied this power
Unless the powers that be want it all — That
Being so, we must resist for the love of art
For the sake of the powers the people still hold.