“And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said, “The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls”
And whispered in the sounds of silence” – Simon & Garfunkel
This is absolutely the first thing that came to mind when I read the prompt for this photo challenge, and the first image that I thought of is this shot that I took last Friday at the trail head to the section of the Ice Age Trail we hiked that day.
Graffiti….is it art or is it disrespect? I suppose that depends on what it is and where. How about on an ancient Egyptian wall? Yeah, that made the news this week. Is that a prophecy of destruction? There are many examples of that abroad on our planet. How about prophecies of hope and healing? They seem harder to come by. Here’s one I found this morning:
I thought of a different song, but this fits with your photo.
And what song was that, Janet? BTW, very funny photo for your challenge post. I imagine a person acting out that state of alarm posed in front!
The song, which I meant to include, was “Signs” from “back in the day”: http://www.lyricsdepot.com/five-man-electrical-band/signs.html. Thanks for stopping by for some sign humor!
Great song! Haven’t heard it in ages. Here’s a youtube video with some great signage backing up the band.
Thanks for sharing the patrick Stewart link Scilla.. I think I posted the UN speech he gave on my Million Women Rise Post. he is a really great ambassador..
I agree…and you may chuckle, but his fabulous accent and speech make him all the more inspirational to me!
The Simon & Garfunkel song brings back memories. I wonder how they’re doing. Singing I hope.
I went to a reunion concert at the United Center in Chicago in 2003, and I think they had another reunion tour in 2009. Of course, everything must move on… Thanks for commenting!
Graffiti is an art but can also be disrespectful. It can also inform. Graffiti artists are the same folk from Hip-Hop culture. They have something to say and anything or place can be their platform.
Graffiti has been around since ancient Roman times, actually, long before Hip-Hop culture. Its entrance into mainstream culture and even art galleries is linked to the Hip-Hop artists’ generation. Thanks for your comment and for sending me into deeper research!
Thank you! Thanks for visiting!
I like the way you caught that photograph: partly in the dark and partly in the light – perfect given your question, I think.
Thanks, Jamie…I hadn’t arranged that on purpose, but it seems serendipity took over once again!
… what I didn’t say is how profoundly moved I was by Patrick Stewart. I’m glad you included the link. Thank you!
Yes, he really makes an impression!