Saturday, June 18, 2011

Final Battle: Color


In the final battle,
art’s soldiers take
to the streets,
to the viaducts,
to the overpasses and
underpasses,
the crumbling brick
of crumbling buildings;
employing armies
of aerosol, of design,
of form, of style,
of skill, of talent;
painting a future
with weapons of hope.

This poem is submitted for One Shoot Sunday hosted by One Stop Poetry. To see more poems based on the prompt “Graffiti,” please visit the site.

19 comments:

dustus said...

Your poem builds a nice pace and flow in enumerating the qualities and overall positive message of the artistic army—through a lens of hope and skilled expression. Great response, Glynn.

Roxy Isle said...

Love this! Art is ever changing and often controversial! Fight on!

okoatokewa - the poet said...

Great input on a prompt, nice use of words to illustrate freedom of expression.

Reflections said...

A voice speaks on behalf of the positive side of a newly created art form, one that could transcend it's controversial beginnings.

nance marie said...

i like the "weapons of hope"
like a beginning at the end of the poem.

Steve Isaak said...

Good, thoughtful piece.

Monika said...

Carefully picked up words, marking an intense piece. Loved it.

Kodjo Deynoo. said...

This is the voice of the street
This is the art to be seen
I like your poem

Jerry said...

Freedom of speech detailed here Glynn...and hope through color. Thanks.

Claudia said...

those last two lines are killer glynn!!!!!

Brian Miller said...

weapons of hope are a good thing eh?

happy fathers day glynn

Louise Gallagher said...

We need more weapons of hope if we are to paint the future bright.

Good one Glynn!

signed...bkm said...

Weapons of hope and peace...and this one a smile....nice..and Happiest of Father's Day to you...blessings...bkm

Lynne said...

graffiti artists are a unique crew as they themselves are "weapons of hope" and merely express that through spray-paint..

This is a great poem...

Debra said...

Everything crumbling except hope and the will and skill to paint a bright future.

Happy Father’s Day!

C Rose said...

A great homage to the artists. "weapons of hope" a wonderful closing line. Great write! ~Rose

Patricia said...

I liked this Glynn. I could see art's soldiers wielding their weapons of hope.

Ann Grenier said...

Delightful poem, Glynn. I couldn't help thinking of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH: the word "arts", the scrambling pace, locations and the Fair Trade message all evoking the theme of agrarian vs technological lifestyles. Love it!

RMP said...

beautiful and powerful. you paint a wonderful image with your words. I can picture art's army...hear their weapons...feel their cause...