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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