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Originally published in 1984 in The Allegheny Review - A National Undergraduate Literary Journal

Graffiti

Fd2012by J Matthew Waters23 Oct 2013

There's a wall without slashes of social unrest,
without lines of prejudice, modesty or complaints
not even a good thought
clean and quick to the point
might make others laugh, angry or uneasy.

It makes me uneasy to see such a wall
anywhere within a public stall
upon a school desk or through walk tunnels.
To see such a wall of inhibition
of emptiness
of conservative thinking
like not sharing thoughts, ideas or secrets
makes me wonder
when the liberators will return
to save the free walls in this free land
from backwardness
from idleness
of single bawdy colors covering progress.


nineteen eighty-four
copyright by j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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