Just Listen

22 November 2017 – I don’t often obey a wall, but this one is unusually authoritative.

I am walking along E 8th Avenue, approaching Ontario Street, minding my own business … and, there it is. A very busy wall.

Very busy, and very bossy as well.

Jeez, okay, I’m listening.

And reading. Lots to read.

Including one rather dire poem/prediction …

along with lots of upbeat proclamations as well.

In a scientific/metaphysical sort of way.

(Though perhaps not expanding for people who want to park their cars on this congested street…)

Enough about the universe. What about Precious Me?

And not only with each other. My cells are also in agreement with your cells and those of some unknown, but presumably welcome, third party.

But wait! We are more than a bunch of cells in agreement!

Goodness. The only suitable response would seem to be …

I walk on, thinking I have perhaps been underestimating the inventiveness & sheer fun of Vancouver street art.



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  1. Dee Nigam

     /  22 November 2017

    Reblogged this on Business Startup-Bay Area.

  2. A good injunction, that “Just listen”. And a great conversation with – and between – the walls of Vancouver.

  3. Jim

     /  23 November 2017

    What a creative wall! Thanks for sharing Penny 🙂

  4. Nigel Pleasants

     /  23 November 2017

    What a wonderful mix of images and ideas. Some of the art is very powerful. Very nicely edited too! N.

  5. Mary C

     /  23 November 2017

    Terrific wall! I love the solar powered dream machine photo!

  6. But if the universe is expanding, that means our agreeable cells and all solar-powered dream machines are (relatively speaking) shrinking!

  7. I love photos of street art. And I love the way you put this together, and your commentary. Great post!

    Once it stays light longer, I plan to walk/drive around my city and take pictures of the street art here. Some of it is quite amazing.

    • Thanks for this! Street art is an amazing phenomenon, much of it real art — the more you pay attention, the more it rewards you.


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