Illustration by Arushi Gupta

Graffiti Tonguelashing by Ben Naga

Illustration by Arushi Gupta
Illustration by Arushi Gupta

Blood spurts drip
from arterial subways
Fresh twists thrown
against grimy walls
Brazen impenetrable
declarations stream
Screaming defiant
deviant independence

Iconic artful signatures
styled on the fly
Flung haphazardly
down dreary afternoons
By fancy tattooed pagan avatars
tooled up
Far out at sea
bathed in a bronze light

Not one of even
the voiceless ninety-nine
Not waving, not drowning
just flotsam
Vagrant, slovenly
profit’s stark jetsam
Hooded, awaiting
the outcoming downpour

About the Author

Ben Naga
Ben Naga

Ben Naga has lived in England all his life, apart from brief periods in France, India and Scotland. Music is probably his greatest love, with England’s Lake District not far behind. He has privately published “Northern Limericks” and is working on two other collections. His poems have been published in several online magazines.

About the Artist

Arushi Gupta

Arushi Gupta is a 22-year-old alien studying to be a dentist in Chandigarh. She is
a die-hard otaku and wishes to go to Japan soon.  You can find her singing Japanese songs, making some artsy concoction or taking weird photographs in the streets of Chandigarh.

You can find her works here.


Graffiti Tonguelashing is part of the weekly poem publications from the literary collection The Machinery. You can submit your poetry and fiction here.

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