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Angels Graffiti

Updated on October 3, 2013
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Spray paint and dried blood

splattered crime

committed by whom?

The artist

spraying the final touches

of Gabriel’s out-stretched wing

on the brick and mortar

of the town central church

or was it the cop

a deacon on Sundays

who in the name of St Michael

put the finishing touches

on Gabriel’s face

with a billy club backstroke

to the back of Billy’s brain?

His spray paint can

holy rolled and hid

in darkness

behind the rose bordered billboard

advertising its message

of love and forgiveness

and its announcement

of the gathering now in service

where as usual

the largest crowd of the week gathered

to hear the clergyman in black

who now speaks

from behind his pulpit

his sermon tonight is,

“B-1”

“Amen!” someone shouts. “Bingo!”

But all the cards

in front of Billy’s mom

are losers

so she staggers to her feet

and stinking of bourbon

she curses her luck

in the name of St Michael

and like the foul air

that blows through

the chapel vents

she blows through

stained glass doors

and lumbers along her way

holding to the wall for support

until her foot rolls

onto a weed shrouded cylinder

and drops her onto her back

where pitifully she weeps

and sleeps broken hearted

a heart that is done

and can’t be restarted

she rests now in peace

enshrouded in the wings

of an angels graffiti.




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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Me and you both, Deb. Considering the poems I have written, I surely wasn't expecting any nominations for most religious hubber :)

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You said that perfectly. That is precisely why, at the tender age of 12, I turned my back on the church. I was so tired of seeing many people living lies. What is in my heart can be celebrated by me alone, and the clones of those that are good only on Sunday can continue to live as they see fit. Without me!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      I appreciate your kind words, Vellur.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Beautifully expressed, voted up.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      thanks for the compliment, Rasma.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and beautiful. I often wonder if the streaks and signs I sometimes see in the sky are an angels graffiti. Your poetry brings the imagination to life. Passing this on.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Of course it's directed at both - the whole concept! So ingenious! But I now expect nothing less of your work! It's so unique, as well! (A black-light spotlight? hehe)

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Hi Eddy. Thank you for the nice words.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Valleypoet, thank you very much for the kind words.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Nellieanna, almost sounds like you are referring to my artwork. But knowing you, it's an intermingling compliment to both the poem and the art. Either way, just seeing you here put a spotlight on the whole thing!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Wow a true gem here Wayne; showing off your talent at its best. Have a great day and here's to so many more hubs for us both to share on here.

      Eddy.

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      This is a very powerful piece.... it is vivid, dark and imaginative, it evokes feelings of despair and exclusion........loved it:-))

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Haven't you shone a black light on the graffiti to highlight the spiritual white and phosphorescent colors?

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Hey, Kari. thanks again for the compliments.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Sha. I always appreciate your kind words.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Hey, Jamie! Thanks for the feedback and the compliment. And yeah, you were pretty much right on.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, annart.

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      Kari Shinal 4 years ago from AZ

      So powerful a message written here Wayne! Thank you for the outlook on how others use and view religion in their life. Simply put a scenario that chills the soul.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Wow, Wayne! This is amazing!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

      What an incredible mix of the street and religion and a narrator that finds themselves torn by the two. I may be off. But I like what I got out of it. I think that this poem accomplishes much in a great modern approach. Well done. Thank you for sharing. Jamie

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Kim. I appreciate your visit.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      I appreciate the compliment, Michael.

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      Ann Carr 4 years ago from SW England

      Well, this offers so many images in my mind; wonderful. Sad but beautiful. Great poem. Ann

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Laurie.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      So many emotions from reading this poem. The imagery is awesome.

      V+ my friend.

      Happy Friday,

      Kim

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      cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      yeah .. I like your story poem .. very creative ..! wayne

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      Rayne123 4 years ago

      Nice, voted up

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