Take a hike

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A week ago today the Capture Your 365 photo prompt was “Take a hike.” On my walk that day I photographed several woodsy hiking paths, pondering all the while what other ways I could interpret the prompt.

Then, walking through Portage Park, past a newly installed shelter and picnic tables (probably saw them for the first time a week prior), I noticed pink graffiti everywhere. Yuck. What a mess. Take hike indeed!

Take a hike

Graffiti in the park (Photo © 2017 by V. Nesdoly)

Take a Hike

Graffiti boy
on your bike
we don’t like
you using your spray can
as a mike.
Shoo, boy, shoo!
We’ve had enough of you.
Take a hike!
Stay out of our park
for your after-dark lark
we don’t want your mark—
of anti-us snark!

 

© 2017 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)

Thankfully the city crew was on it quickly. When I went by a  few days later, it was all cleaned up.

This poem is linked to Poetry Friday, hosted today by Matt Forrest Esenwine at Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme. Thanks Matt (author of the just-out and already highly acclaimed Flashlight Night).

14 thoughts on “Take a hike

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  2. With angry words, you’ve smashed that lark. We all should respond with such a spark! So sorry for this, Violet. I used to live by a park, and it was often visited by those nightly sprays.I will never understand the pleasure and regret they don’t get pleasure in the daytime from that beautiful park.

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  3. I hate this kind of graffiti – it just feels so lazy and so mean-spirited. I have seen quite beautiful pieces of secretive street art, where creative artists leave surprises works of art throughout the city. But this kind of gang tagging is just mean. 😦

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