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it makes the place look untidy



graffiti writers sould be made to

eat paint


covered in graffiti

be sent on the road

of divine inspiration

which is to be found

at the bottom of my garden

where the goldfish swim in

ever decreasing circles.

◄ Plastic Sheeting and Jerrycans

The Girl With The Night In Her Eyes ►


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Rachel Bond

Sat 8th Jan 2011 23:52

bernie, rant away. i am much more offended by awful architectural design than i am by crap least we can paint over it.
one low rent block near me looks and has the feel of a prison...people who live there must feel their lives shaped and affected by that.
send the architects to jail and make them sit graffiti courses for the mentally challenged. that is what i say ;)

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bernard shelton

Sat 8th Jan 2011 22:27

life is bitch hey stefan, lol

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bernard shelton

Sat 8th Jan 2011 22:25

Cynthia, thanks my friend, i agree with you with graffiti being invasive, in someways it is a selfish and self importent form of "art" but at the same time whilst i am in the norm against the gender in the whole some of it is creative, don't understand why these "artist " have to be so in your face, it's like they are IMPOSING their view on us

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bernard shelton

Sat 8th Jan 2011 22:18

Rachel, Stefan,Cynthia thank you all for your comments.

Rachel, i am in no way against"street art", on occasions and that is few occasions you see work which is very good.
as regards architects i have a big thing about them, most are uninspired, thoughtless bastards , the bigger the building, the taller the fucking building the better it is seems to be their goal, taking no and i mean no consideration of the area they build, no consideration of the people who live in that area nor the impact on the people or the area in future years, where as originatiy gone Rachel!

in my town there was a hotel built, the"tallest, biggest hotel in the city" the guy who built it had the arrogance and conceit to give his name to it, it's a fucking block of steel and concrete, a blemish on the landscape but all the council, chamber of commerce etc just go along with this shit, sorry Rachel, bit of a rant here mate

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Fri 7th Jan 2011 20:29

The development of this poem is marvellous, the ending a chill comment on 'everything'. Graffiti is personally invasive; attractive wall painting is to be encouraged with the disciplines of effort and effect.

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Patricia and Stefan Wilde

Fri 7th Jan 2011 11:46

correction-imposed on the poor-the grumpy- the old-the young-the fuck heads!

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Rachel Bond

Fri 7th Jan 2011 00:37

i have a friend who is both an acclaimed fine artist and graffiti artist.His work is excellent and inspiring. why shouldn't dull brick walls be covered in aerosol long as they are not on my house, im happy to see colour on an otherwise painfully grey stretch of industry. some architects could do with corporal punishment and trains just beg to be tagged. when i see crap graffiti i just wish theyd dedicate more time to the practice in schools x

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bernard shelton

Thu 6th Jan 2011 22:00

Stefan, Philipos thank you both for your comments.

Stefan, agreed that some graffiti can be good, sadly most of what I see is not, just some kind of vandelism imposed on the poor grumpy old men of this world, lol.

Philipos, Mr Banks I believe mate, all credit to him, he is a man of some talent I be thinking, but most are not, this piece comes from an incident that occured sometime ago in the Manchester area, these two young"middle class"graffiti decided to have some"fun" by geting into a rail depot and painting the trains with their "art", the resulting cost of removing their "art" came to hundreds of thousands of pounds.
They were caught, taken to court and given a suspended sentenceand some community work, the judge expressed some comment about young "ARTISTIC"freedom!!!!!

One wonders if he would have expressed the same sentiments if the "Artist" had come from some inner city shit hole estate, I doubt it my friend.

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Patricia and Stefan Wilde

Thu 6th Jan 2011 21:01

Hi Bernie-oh very amusing! having said that,do you not find some graffiti(in the right places)is quite artistic.great lighthearted poem-thank you-Stef.

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Thu 6th Jan 2011 19:44

Hi Bernie whilst many would agree with these sentiments acclaimed artists set the trend and recently a concrete wall by one famous graffiti artist sold for an astronomical sum - but you're right when suburbanists like myself draw into London it sends a kind of warning shiver down the spine - great minds think alike on the punishment to be meted out

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