Posted by: Ron DuBour | September 30, 2018

“Step Right Up, Ladies and Gentlemen”~by Andy Garrabrant


 

 

“Step Right Up, Ladies and Gentlemen”
~~~~

Spectacular circus!
Excruciating portrait of pain,
drawn in shades of rage and shame.

Bold brushstrokes of righteous indignation,
thin, tawdry, whitewash
applied with a heavy hand
covering the abraded grain
of ancient, weathered timbers;
old raw bones baring charred scars,
tangible reminders of distant burning fires
fueled by youthful indiscretions.

Will grueling wheat paste,
splash of monochrome graffiti
enhance the value of this dark alley?

Or, rather the contrary,
highlight deeper dank decay;
cracked and tattered signs
of long repressed neglect
of thoughtless disregard
so callously concealed
beneath fresh wet glistening veils?

Usher in the blindfolded.
Let them breathe the fumes.
Imagine, with sightless might,
a glorious manse upon the hill.

Caution! Wet Paint!
Don’t breathe too deep!
Black mold lingers
hidden just beneath!

©️ 2018 Andy Garrabrant


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