Thursday, April 09, 2015

Art vs. Words -- Day 9 of NaPoWriMo 2015

Box Car Art
Some will call it Graffiti
It is, though this I rename
Box Car Art's my name for it
I often sit and wonder
I wonder who painted this
Who took the pains to express
Express his feelings that day
On canvas of rusting green
Tip of the hat he'll include
Disguise his feelings that day
Gang member full of pride, tough
Mark territory, stake claim?
Down, depressed, hot, hungry, wet,
Wet by sweat, rain, snow, duno
Someone's son, husband could be
Father maybe, June is bad
He'll ride that box car tonight
Painted pretty by his hands
Another and another
Grim rounds.  Box Car Art for us
[click on pictures to enlarge, one or two times]
Photos and Poem Copyright© 2015 Jimmiehov, All Rights Reserved
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At Thursday, April 09, 2015 2:02:00 PM, Blogger Sanaa Rizvi said...

This is absolutely amazing. There are many forms of art but Graffiti is often not given its due share of importance. People often leave their traces in wet cement or concrete.
The poem expressed beautiful sentiments with use of vivid imagery that actually made me forget my surroundings for a few seconds :)
Loved it!

At Thursday, April 09, 2015 2:05:00 PM, Blogger Debi Swim said...

Nice choice, Jim. I've seen that boxcar art, too and wondered but not quite with the depth you have. Next time, I will though.

At Thursday, April 09, 2015 5:30:00 PM, Blogger Gillena Cox said...

i know what you mean especially since you didnt see it being done, i ask myself the same questions when i stare at " graffiti"

have a creative month

much love...

At Thursday, April 09, 2015 5:42:00 PM, Blogger Ella said...

I think Graffiti art has it place, when something has been time lost and abandoned~
The colors so vibrant-they also cheer me up!

I like that you picked this art is expressive on so many layers of emotion~
As art should be :D

At Thursday, April 09, 2015 5:48:00 PM, Blogger Buddah Moskowitz said...

Yes, it is a form of art and I appreciate it, but it does irk me as it is also vandalism, so I'm torn. Not torn about your writing, though. It is excellent.

At Thursday, April 09, 2015 9:14:00 PM, Blogger Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

I love graffiti art! (The best of it, anyway.) And I love the story you have made about these examples.

At Thursday, April 09, 2015 9:51:00 PM, Blogger Sherry Blue Sky said...

I love it when artists try to pretty up things that are usually only utilitarian - in our town some have painted on garbage bins on the sidewalk - so welcome.

At Thursday, April 09, 2015 10:06:00 PM, Blogger Helen said...

I will tell you, Jim .. trains have always held a fascination for me. The sound of a whistle, the wheels rumbling on the tracks and yes the box car art! Love this.

At Thursday, April 09, 2015 10:09:00 PM, Blogger Susie Clevenger said...

The art of rails. You wonder how far it travels and how many eyes view it. Beautiful piece.

At Friday, April 10, 2015 12:43:00 AM, Blogger grapeling said...

I like what you did here, Jim, an homage to 'street' - or rail in this case - art ~

At Friday, April 10, 2015 12:53:00 AM, Blogger Kerry O'Connor said...

You have given us a very interesting view of both art and artist here, Jim. I read an article recently about the subculture of young runaways and dropouts who still ride boxcars in the States. Fascinating.

At Friday, April 10, 2015 7:05:00 AM, Blogger Outlawyer said...

Such an interesting and really compassionate poem, Jim. In New York City, we've gone through so much graffiti and there were times when all the subway cars were absolutely covered--I think they now have a special surface that won't take that kind of paint or marker. It was in some ways expressive and bright, others just (maybe) vandalism? I don't know. I always found the pictures more interesting than the "tagging" --the initialing but the tagging seemed important for some-- actually some graffiti artists became very famous--this guy Samo--whose real name was Jean-Michel Basquiat--you may know him--I don't know--he was probably more famous in NY.

Anyway, you give a very thoughtful take on the whole thing, that has a very kindly tone--so much enjoyed. Thanks also for your kind comments at my place. k. (Manicddaily)

At Friday, April 10, 2015 11:06:00 AM, Blogger Susan said...

Nicely renamed and queried. This is my favorite:
"Gang member full of pride, tough
Mark territory, stake claim?"

At Saturday, April 11, 2015 5:59:00 AM, Blogger Other Mary said...

Ah, Jim, thanks for reminding us that art is not just in art museums.


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