Heaven Spot

A line, a lip, a like- / ness reclaimed

Greyscale photograph of Jim Johnstone superimposed on an orange background.

Graffiti belongs in the streets.
One of the best things about it is that it
doesn’t last—it resists ownership.


         A line, a lip, a like-
         ness reclaimed
         in particulate,
         paint masking paint,

         the climb, the taint
         of efflorescent
         tags overcome
         when dropping the mic.

Jim Johnstone
Jim Johnstone won a CBC Poetry Prize and has published four collections of verse.

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