Beautiful Walls

Photo prompt at Rochelle Wisoff-Fields Friday Fictioneers

When I was a child I drew on the walls.

My father bound my hands so I would remember he said no.

But the artist’s spirit can’t be bound. Doodling became my thing, until the teacher shut that down.

Words and pictures seeped from the seams of my being.

I learned the power of a spray can and the streets were decked with my

ugly scrawls shouting my rebellion until my voice longed for better.

A paint brush, the side of a building, recognized and commissioned.

“Show the people there is another world where kindness and respect shine as beacons”.


PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

22 responses to “Beautiful Walls”

  1. Goodness! I love this take on the prompt! Thank you.

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment!

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  2. I believe artists must art 😉 And the more they are held back, the more the desire is there to do it. Sad those who allow others to snuff them out. This was a lovely write, Clare.

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    1. Thank you Dale!

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  3. I read a book some time ago based on this theme. Sort of a “rags to riches” tale. Sure wish I could remember the name of it!

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  4. There is a fine line, if any, between graffiti and art. Banksy is a good example of that. Great story.
    -David

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  5. The more they try to extinguish the artist’s spirit, the stronger it grows.

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    1. Yes indeed!

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  6. Great writing very poetic, thanks for sharing 🙂

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    1. Thank you for the kind words!

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    Michael Humphris

    Well told, I hope there are commissions galore

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    1. Many thanks!

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  8. The art wants out, and it gets out. Great story about the creative struggle. And such a lovely, positive ending.

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    1. Thank you!

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  9. A great story. Yes, an artist’s spirit cannot be tamed and it’s nice that the narrator started constructively using their talent.

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    1. Glad you like it!

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  10. You have shown us how the artist creative impulse can thrive through persistence.

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    1. And don’t we writers know that!

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  11. I bet it often happens just like this. Well done.

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    1. Thanks Bill! I’m guessing some are true artists!

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  12. I’ve been in a few cities that encourage this type of art work. I have always found them quite impressive.

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  13. Artists have to start somewhere, I’m glad they weren’t discouraged despite teachers and parents!

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