Poems of the Week

Art in Seoul

by Julia Griffin

“SEOUL, South Korea—An art piece by an American graffiti artist showcased in South Korea was damaged by a couple in their 20s who thought the sets of paint and brushes laid in front of the artwork was for spectators’ use.”
ABC News

Yielding to the cans’ and brushes’
Almost audible entreaty,
Two Koreans, now all blushes,
Have graffitied the graffiti.

On a canvas which suggested
Spiders tramping in galoshes,
This young pair, now fallen-crested,
Placed their uninvited sploshes.

The results, though quite inventive,
They have charmed precisely none with.
Painters, make this your incentive:
Tidy up the paints you’re done with.