The gravity of grafitti – wild hate singing on wide walls

By Noel Ihebuzor

 

Naming is dangerous, cheap

prejudice and hate,

foul the skies

with clammy paws and febrile strokes

spraying lurid ugliness

on the frames of non-consenting city walls,

obscene images and messages,

spewing and strewing hate and hurt

internal rot, riots and rages uncaged, intrusions,

extrusions ugly as rape, ragged, raging

Seeds of discord sow, soon sprout

creeping, spreading, spawning like

poisonous parasitic fungi on tired urban walls

revealing the jungle and darknesses within.

Their message?

Hate, discord and despair,

sad triplets, their grips cloud vision,

clog hearing and choke reason

as they slowly suck their victims

to ever resounding and noisy hollowness!

 

***Prompted by SLD’s Cultural Grafitti

http://susandanielspoetry.com/2013/02/21/cultural-graffiti-2/comment-page-1/#comment-21719

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13 Responses to “The gravity of grafitti – wild hate singing on wide walls”


  1. 5 Susan L Daniels February 22, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Reblogged this on Susan Daniels Poetry and commented:
    Noel. Need I say more? Brilliant.

  2. 6 Alice Keys February 23, 2013 at 12:30 am

    I followedd Susan’s link and am glad I did. This is powerful.

  3. 8 Dana February 23, 2013 at 2:51 am

    Very powerful in its emotion and images. I love it…

  4. 10 Victor Emeana February 23, 2013 at 4:38 am

    After reading this strong but deep poem shedding heavy drops of naked reality,I have the soothing experience of Catharsis! Great Noel.

  5. 12 Postcard Poems and Prose February 24, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Well done. Some great images and perfect smatterings of alliteration.


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