inner city


  1. a quiet walk said on August 24, 2011
    Such sadness. After volunteering at CSC for 9 months I understand the sense of loss and pain, that your poem leaves me with a sense of hopelessness and an inability to help. The cycle of healing and woundedness repeats over and over again, leaving those who want to help unable to do so. My heart aches for those who live in this world of pain.
    1. Terri said on August 24, 2011
      At least the thing about graffiti is that it can be cleaned up with a bit of work!
  2. Lisa said on August 24, 2011
    It feels sad and helpless, yet many care (witness the 250 folks who attended the recent gang prevention training offered at SU via the School of Social Work, city of Seattle and King County Superior Court. People want to help turn the trends around. I am currently reading "Lost boys" by Dr. James Garbarino. His book identifies why this happens, and then offers ways to help prevent violence and rehabilitate those who have been involved in violence. Mostly the book helps us understand, opens our hearts and be less judgmental. And finally, this very well-known psychologist holds up the development of our spiritual selves as a key ingredient to both prevention and rehabilitation. Hallelujah! And a woman panelist at the training, a former gang member from LA, who was one of the most prolific graffiti artists in LA at one time, helped me understand the importance of art (spray paint, poetry and hip hop and rap in particular) as vehicles for youth who feel lost and alienated to express themselves. She works in the Seattle area to bring art programs to street kids and to teach martial arts, boxing and fitness to kids who need the physical release for the anger, frustration and hurt they suffer. It was an awesome day and I met many people who are working to help. Now we need to coordinate our efforts to make it all more effective. Thanks, Cloaked Monk, for lifting it up.
  3. Terri said on August 24, 2011
    Oh where is my magic wand?! And as I told Ruth, it may feel hopeless, but the thing about graffiti is that it can be cleaned.
  4. Renee Espriu said on August 25, 2011
    Your juxtoposition gives us reality with food for thought and then some. Awesome!
  5. becca givens said on August 25, 2011
    Although full of anger, pain and/or hopelessness - and if we can look beyond the violent aspect ... some of the grafitti is often amazing ... talent to be harnessed and directed.

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