Weekly Photo Challenge: The Sign Says

“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.

signsGraffiti….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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=TqFaiVNuy1k

Signs point the way; they are not the Way, nor are they the goal.  It isn’t wise to get attached to the sign and miss the reality.  It might be a good challenge to toss out your favorite signposts periodically to see if you can still find the Way….

16 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: The Sign Says

    • 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!

  1. 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!

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