Photo Prayer / June 2016

June 22, 2016


However much we hate graffiti, 
we remember the Berlin Wall. 
The Communist side was spotless,
guarded with machine guns, 
while the Western side was redeemed 
with aerosol-sprayed symbols, 
words, figures, and signatures, 
a place where people, mostly 
young men not yet conformed, 
made their defiant marks. 
I would like to say the artwork 
was glorious, bold, and expressive. 
What I will say is that 
freedom is rarely pretty.



Photo of a bright red swash spray-painted on the white slats 
of a chain-link fence, American Street, Philadelphia, PA.

Photo and prayer 2016 by Danny N. Schweers


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