Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen

Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Writing On the Wall

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My 'hood is my canvas
I paint what I feel
Some day I'll be famous                                      
My art is for real

Don't bother no churches
I got more respect
Do more than just taggin'
Ain't what you suspect

You can't buy my art
I do it for me
It don't have a price tag
Don't mean that it's free

My work is raw
It's a force you can't tame
But don't think it ain't art
Cuz it ain't in a frame

These walls are my body
They are most forgiving
They wear my blood proudly
My graff shows I'm living

submitted for One Stop Poetry and the Arts, Graffiti, at One Stop Poetry


Anthony Desmond said...

enjoyed this poem a lot... I think any graffiti artist would proudly agree with those words.. nice work - thx for joining in :)

Pat Tillett said...

Nice! Like the man said about art, "I can't describe it, but I know it when I see it." Or wait, was that porn, not art?

moondustwriter said...

Ooo I love the flow
Could rap this one


Anonymous said...

Nice! this has the feel of graffiti and of rap.

"It don't have a price tag
Don't mean that it's free"

great lines!

darev2005 said...

I like it. There are some truly amazing artists out there whose stuff will never make it into a gallery. I've seen guys with spray cans that would make Michelangelo jealous.

Poets United said...

As Poets United reaches its first anniversary this coming week we want to thank you for your support. Over the past year we have grown to 250 members plus and are steadily growing.

Poets United is proud to have you as one of our members and look forward to another successful year.

Your imagination, creativity and willingness to share with us is what makes our community such a wonderful place. Thank you for beautiful poetry and thank you for being a part of Poets United.

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Fireblossom said...

I wish "graff" was in my stoopid little paperback dictionary. Then i would know what it meant!

Brian Miller said...

nice...this has a great street beat to it, like a rap...raw is best anyway you know...shows your living...nice...

HyperCRYPTICal said...

Excellent - I have never considered graffiti from the artists point of view.

Anna :o]

Rachel Hoyt said...

These definitely sound like the words of a graffitti artist. Beautiful rhythm.