Alexandre Nodopaka

Freshman - 993 Points (1940 / Russia)

Graffiti - Poem by Alexandre Nodopaka

Arcane hieroglyphs,
mangled gibberish,
cross-orthogonal zigzags
scribbled across walls.

Spattered alien symbols,
distorted identities
ooze on black macadam.
At night, like Tomcats,

graffitists creep, mark
their territory. They spray, run,
invade the stillness of the night
with spray cans hissing.

Haze-shrouded figures,
barely delineated against
any ghostly night, they crown
ghetto downtowns.

Only at daybreak when Ra's beams
cast trenchant shadows
can one decipher their notes and
drawings and awesome monograms

that camouflage, no! Bandage
fissures in the decaying walls.
Only at the crack of dawn, bloody
bullet holes identify their owners.

Topic(s) of this poem: pome

Form: Prose Poem

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Poem Edited: Sunday, December 20, 2015

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