The outcast

She was quite eye-catching 
Her portrait was captivating
Easily the prettiest graffiti on the wall
But as time passed, she'd her downfall
Scribbled over and torn
She looks rather forlorn
Her eyes no longer have that glint
The scribbles over her are a hint
That her best days are in the past
She was now an outcast
In the world of graffiti
Unwanted by the city
She bore the brunt of time
Covered in a thick layer of grime
A remnant from a glorious past
That surprisingly seemed to last

This poem was written in response to Sadje’s What Do You See prompt #90. Thank you, Sadje for hosting this challenge. The challenge is to use the picture prompt as inspiration to compose an original story, poem, or a caption.

For the visually challenged reader, the image shows a woman’s painting on a wall. There are words scribbled on the sides of the wall art and people have drawn on the face too.

Image courtesy: Sean Robertson @Unsplash

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162 thoughts on “The outcast

  1. I see what you did there!!

    She was quite eye-catching
    Her eyes no longer have that glint!

    You have covered a complete journey and above lines are just an example of that. How a picture makes you think that way 😍 too good! I am going to try and attempt this one too 🙂

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    1. Aww, Pooja. I’m glad that you noticed it. That’s so sweet of you. Thank you so much for your encouraging words. Yay! Do give it a try. The best part about this prompt is that you can write anything that comes to your mind 😃

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  2. what a wonderful poem to the prompt Dear Shweta. I loved your words and felt the sadness of being washed up under everyone else’s washing her away but she stood like the test of time in her core. nicely done. 💖

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    1. Aww, thank you so much, Cindy. Somehow, melancholy was the only feeling I got from the picture. And still I felt she didn’t give up entirely. Thank you so much, dear Cindy. I hope you have a great weekend 😊

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