Take a hike

08 Sep

A week ago today the Capture Your 365 photo prompt was “Take a hike.” On my walk that day I photographed several woodsy hiking paths, pondering all the while what other ways I could interpret the prompt.

Then, walking through Portage Park, past a newly installed shelter and picnic tables (probably saw them for the first time a week prior), I noticed pink graffiti everywhere. Yuck. What a mess. Take hike indeed!

Take a hike

Graffiti in the park (Photo © 2017 by V. Nesdoly)

Take a Hike

Graffiti boy
on your bike
we don’t like
you using your spray can
as a mike.
Shoo, boy, shoo!
We’ve had enough of you.
Take a hike!
Stay out of our park
for your after-dark lark
we don’t want your mark—
of anti-us snark!


© 2017 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)

Thankfully the city crew was on it quickly. When I went by a  few days later, it was all cleaned up.

This poem is linked to Poetry Friday, hosted today by Matt Forrest Esenwine at Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme. Thanks Matt (author of the just-out and already highly acclaimed Flashlight Night).


Posted by on September 8, 2017 in Light, People, Poetry Friday


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14 responses to “Take a hike

  1. Matt Forrest Esenwine

    September 8, 2017 at 6:24 am

    That’s a shame…but glad you were able to find inspiration within the mess.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. cvarsalona

    September 8, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Violet, your response to the destructive act is quite appropriate – an important message.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. lindabaie

    September 8, 2017 at 10:30 am

    With angry words, you’ve smashed that lark. We all should respond with such a spark! So sorry for this, Violet. I used to live by a park, and it was often visited by those nightly sprays.I will never understand the pleasure and regret they don’t get pleasure in the daytime from that beautiful park.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Violet Nesdoly

      September 8, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      No apology needed Linda – I love your addition and your feisty attitude (spark)!


  4. Kay McGriff (@kaymcgriff)

    September 8, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    It’s a shame that someone tried to destroy something good with graffiti, but I’m glad it inspired your response. I do not understand why someone gets pleasure out of destruction. There is so much more to enjoy with creation.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Linda Mitchell

    September 8, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    I like the way you fight, Violet….good comeback for bad deeds. This kid needs to come back and do some scrubbing!


  6. Michelle Kogan Illustration, Painting & Writing

    September 8, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    You tell’m Violet!
    “we don’t want your mark—
    of anti-us snark!”

    I think your poem needs to be next to his/her graffiti somehow, or directed back to the graffiti artist. You’ve turned a negative act into a positive one, maybe if the taggers tagged with poems it wouldn’t be quite so offensive.


  7. Jane the Raincity Librarian

    September 8, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    I hate this kind of graffiti – it just feels so lazy and so mean-spirited. I have seen quite beautiful pieces of secretive street art, where creative artists leave surprises works of art throughout the city. But this kind of gang tagging is just mean. 😦


  8. haitiruth

    September 9, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Way to interpret the prompt! High FIVE! Ruth,


  9. maryleehahn

    September 9, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Nothing makes me more discouraged than vandalism. Why?!?!


  10. Brenda Davis Harsham

    September 11, 2017 at 7:57 am

    So many angry teens who don’t feel heard. They have to get it out somehow. It think it was a punk girl, showing off for her bad-boy-friend.



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