I suppose you think I do this all the time,
the rest of the graffiti really isn’t mine.
The corona virus has me out of my mind
bored, and the best thing I could find
on my way out for my daily walk
was this stubby piece of chalk.
I considered hopscotch but there’s no
pavement here, just grass verges. So,
I headed for a wall that’d been enhanced.
Spray-painted tags and images danced
before my eyes, colourful temptation,
unexpected poetic motivation.
I know that my poem won’t last long in rain,
but with more weeks of lockdown I can always try again.
Kim M. Russell, 2nd April 2020
Today’s Play it Again prompt is from April 2, 2014, when Susie asked us to write street poems. She asked us what we would like to leave on the concrete, the wall, a light post, a picnic table… She suggested a bit of wisdom, hope, encouragement, or something to bring a smile. When I started my poem, I didn’t know where it would take me and, when I read it, I realised it was almost a cross between a rap and a sonnet! It’s a first draft, so it could go either way.
I’m merging this prompt with Kerry’s Skylover Wordlist, sourced from Dylan Thomas’s poetry collection Deaths and Entrances, from which the second word is ‘you’.
Also linking to dVerse Poets Pub Open Link Night.