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.
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
13 thoughts on “The gravity of grafitti – wild hate singing on wide walls”
Powerful and lovely
Thanks! Your comments encourage me.
I am so glad you didn’t let this sleep in comments on my blog. So well done.
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Noel. Need I say more? Brilliant.
I followedd Susan’s link and am glad I did. This is powerful.
Many thanks for the kind comments.
Very powerful in its emotion and images. I love it…
After reading this strong but deep poem shedding heavy drops of naked reality,I have the soothing experience of Catharsis! Great Noel.
Imela, Vicki nnem.
Well done. Some great images and perfect smatterings of alliteration.
Many thanks. I appreciate the comment.