Poetry 101, Day 8: Graffiti

graffitiPhoto by Andy Townend

Graffiti: art, or vandalism? It sometimes seems every flat surface is someone’s canvas. Trains with spray-painted carriages trundle past graffiti-adorned buildings and rattle through illustrated tunnels.

Are you, like me, often inspired by the creativity and audacity of the artist? Or are you outraged by a perceived assault on public decency? Is graffiti a valid means of self-expression for those without a voice, or just the random scribbling of people with nothing better to do? For today’s poem, reflect on what graffiti means to you. Tell the story of a particularly memorable wall. Quote a powerful example of graffiti you’d seen (and feel free to share an image, if you’d like). Or write the poem as if it were itself splashed, for all to see, against the largest wall in town.


On walls
Or street signs
Subway drawings
Colorful and bright
Magically appear
Created during the night
When yesterday they were not there
The imagination has run wild
One man’s art rising from his inner child

(c) onceuponahotflash/2015

12 thoughts on “Poetry 101, Day 8: Graffiti

  1. Wonderful!! Awesome poem about graffiti! Your poem splashed words on the blank canvas wall. 🙂 (I’m watching Disney’s The Christmas Carol and really enjoying it!) LOL! Sleep well tonight and sweet dreams! ((Hugs!)) xoxo

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  2. Yes…the inner child in everyone that can’t wait to be heard. Awesome! 🙂

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  3. Wonderfully short and shaaaaaaamazing 😉 xx

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