Apt Graffito


Apt Graffito

“I need a bath” stencils
the grubby; letters smearing
clear soft loops  in the caught crud of shield
or siding–

My sides ache suddenly
for the smart-fingers of that same wag–
someone who might snag
my spattered anatomy, signing the obvious
but somehow overlooked–
“I need a hug”  crude, but most likely
to be sharpied–
“I need approbation,” taking too much space
on face or forearm.


Draftish poem for dVerse Poets Prompt “Meeting the Bar” hosted by Anna Montgomery.  Anna urges us to get some writing energy from graffiti!  I have been moving and have had a long couple of days.  I started the whole process early, for those interested, so have plenty of time left to complete it, but I  transferred the bulk of belongings, including a piano (across ice)!  I have done a great deal of delegation to very helpful people including my husband and daughter ( thank God!!!!!) – but still feel rather drained.  Thanks for all of your kind wishes and sympathy.  

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26 Comments on “Apt Graffito”

  1. Ah, ‘taking too much space …’ how sad …

  2. Charleen Says:

    I like the rhythm of your poem.

  3. shanyns Says:

    Wonderful! I always love seeing what people write in the dirt on vehicles! 🙂

  4. graffiti is everywhere–in a “i need a hug”
    thank you

  5. brian miller Says:

    ha…kinda glad no one gets to graffiti on me…kinda worried what they might say there as well…hey after the move…you probably do need a hug k…sending one virtually….

  6. I hope the moving settles soon, it is very stressful (I’ve done it 46 odd times). I love your witty take, it’s always a pleasure to see you at a prompt.

  7. Jamie Dedes Says:

    So much fun in this poem and yet it makes it’s point. A very nice spin …
    Hope you are settling in now.

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Ha! Thanks. I won’t really be “settling” in until May probably – I don’t actually have to move until the end of March, but I am taking a pretty big trip in early April, so trying to get ahead of the game, so I’ll still be staying in my old apartment, basically living out of a suitcase and throwaway sort of couch through March, but at least will have most everything out! k.

  8. Oh, if we only could write our feelings on our skin.

  9. lucychilil Says:

    happy moving in. hug =)

  10. claudia Says:

    oh my…moving is no fun..and with a piano…goodness… we moved ours once as well..wasn’t icy though… hope you can relax a bit now that it’s done.. take a bath, get hugged…smiles..sending you cyber hugs as well

  11. Moving…I hate it. I have always loved where I have moved to, but not the getting there…”not enough room” That can be a graffiti problem. 🙂

  12. Linds Says:

    I love it! Very unique! Keep up the good work!

  13. Not keen on the upheaval of moving house – I would need a hug too.

    Hope settling in time is fast approaching.

    Anna :o]

  14. David King Says:

    Love this. There’s just no answer to it, is there?

  15. hedgewitch Says:

    It’s fortunate our inner graffiti doesn’t usually show–it’s like invisible ink, though, and sometimes the heat of circumstance brings it out. A great, adroit take on this prompt– a sort of understated play on the tattoos we engrave on the skin of identity.

  16. janehewey Says:

    everything about this is sharp. the consonants almost jest when I read it aloud. You bring the act and the mentality of it closer to the skin (and the windshield.) A really brilliant take on the everyday-ness of graffiti.

  17. Nice concept – I’d not want anyone writing on me! Heaven knows what they’d put!

  18. Deborah Says:

    so very dimensional ! Loved it!

  19. Tony Says:

    Several times I’ve seen “Also available in white” scrawled on the back of some speactacularly grimy vans – it always makes me smile. As for “I need a hug” – most of us should have that written on us, because it’s true so much of the time.

    Hope the move is going OK – and bleh to living out of a suitcase.

  20. You look into the shallow end, then walk ’round and plunge right into the deep. If only our needs were so aptly displayed and understood, then met. Love this, K.


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