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i’ve always been fascinated

by the kind of art others don’t appreciate,

the poetry etched in haste on the bathroom stall,

the graffiti scrawled on passing train cars

i suppose i love the abstract, the undefined,

the stuff we share thinking no one will notice

(but still hoping they will)

we shed layers of pain with ink and paint

baring the realness that lies underneath it all

there is so much power in the words we never said

because we were too afraid of being judged

that’s when we put our heart and soul on exhibit

behind the grit and grime

truth runs free

-ashley jane