Gimme Shelter

Hope the roof on this baby wasn’t built by the same contractor who installed the one on the Olympic Stadium :laughing:
I really wish local government would get with the program and accept that not all tourists to our fair city are francophone: Such a great PS installation should at least be bilingual and then everyone could go home and say they saw the world’s largest :poop: and not wonder what that was all about.

Going Nuts

nuts

Walking a lovely tree-lined avenue can be a dangerous proposition these days. The squirrels have no appetite for these thorny projectiles and perch high in the branches laughing while pedestrians jump at narrow misses. The ravens, however, are thrilled and gather to pick through the debris for choice bits: those they cannot crack in their bills are dropped from a height to shatter against the sidewalks. I suspect they choose their moments.

Urban Archeology

cat graffiti

I’ve passed over this piece of sidewalk graffiti more times than I can count and each time I have wondered about the circumstances of its making. And no, the image isn’t reversed as the “words” scrawled into the concrete would suggest. What do they say and to whom? The whole reminds me of ancient Roman graffiti – but one doubts it will last as long…

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: Empty – Week 2

empty city

 having not played enough as children,
city officials create “recreational” installation in downtown core

All the action must have been on another street. Just a typical Saturday morning in the middle of town but there wasn’t even the blur of movement. It was as if, for just one moment, everyone had decided to sleep in, roll over, put it off, get just another five minutes before cramming in their weekend errands. That’s just the way we like it and one of the reasons we’re craving a return to the core of the city.

Someone artsy, and definitely with connections to the adjoining culture museum, thought that it would be a brilliant idea to squeeze in a little play-space between some of the office towers. Accessible to the office drones for their smoke-breaks or to unwrap some fast-food during a too short 1/2 hour lunch, it seems contrived rather than spontaneous, synthetic and linear despite the half-hearted use of organic shapes. We couldn’t find that little white plastic sheet defining the area’s use but imagine it might have said something like

“So and So’s work discards the traditional to become the site of poetic transformation. Stopping to encounter each work, the viewer is obliged to reimagine the nature of the the city and its change from a passive to an active space.”

Yep. A bit barren that particular morning, we did like the orange astroturf carpet circles….

“How does empty look to you?” – the glass half-filled, a bathtub drained, a look that’s lost or filled with pain, crumbs of cake, that last bite, big blue skies over a big blue lake – We would love to see your vision…

For all those who are new readers to Across the Bored, some great entries and the guidelines for this fortnight’s challenge can be found here. Need more info or want to browse past themes? Have a look at HOW DOES THIS WORK.

D words

d words door

D is for Door
within or without
Diminished by time
Darkened by Doubt
rattled, avoided
closed or awoken
the last sound heard
like a soft word spoken
Decrepit, Delightful
Distant or near
Divulged and Defended
passed through
Disappear

Distill the entries in Frizztext’s A-Z Challenge: D words.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Zigzag

zig zag

suspicions were
that lost mail
floated away
to some dun-coloured bin
in the far recesses
of an alternate universe
post office
now we know
it zigzags
straight
to the alleys
to become bright
decoration
for marauders
of all kinds

Go up and down the entries in the Weekly Photo Challenge: Zigzag.

Travel Theme: Meeting Places

meeting places

north, south, east, west
coming from
or going to
we are usually on our way
to meet someone
do something
be somewhere
sometime

 Make contact in the entries of Where’s my backpack?’s Travel Theme: Meeting Places.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Fire or Season of Summer

summer fire

it must have seemed a good idea at the time:
keep the jollity flowing well into the new year
until crisp as tinder
where but a breath
sends needles spiralling to the floor
like lost good will
fanning the flames of disaster
the task at hand is well nigh
forsooth, ’tis christmas in july

♨︎

Heat things up with the entries of
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Fire or Season of Summer.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast

contrast

the city screams
for distinction
while bentleys and bicycles
battle for supremacy
high-priced whores and hipsters
haggle over who will win
the race, the game
the housing crunch
in a soulless search
to leave their stamp
on the door
in a town
where everyone is an artist

 Make disparate parts whole in the entries of the Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Between

between

in the flood
Between
old and new
past and present
happy and sad
memory
like love
knows no bounds

 See both sides in the entries of the Weekly Photo Challenge: Between.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Extra, Extra

extra

Metro musicians pick their venues for traffic and acoustics:
Hope that wasn’t a lucky pick…

☑︎

Look very closely into the entries of the Weekly Photo Challenge: Extra, Extra.

Travel Theme: Round & Glow

round glow

in a coffeehouse for sweet relief
the friendly giant whispered to me
from the dark and distant past:
look up, look way up

Go around in circles with the brilliant entries
in Where’s my backpack?’s Travel Theme: Round and Glow.

tagged “J”

tagged j jar

Jack and Jill,
are hipsters still
drink mason Jars of water
Jack Jives by night
his band’s delight
Jill dreams of being a potter

Jack’s day Job sucks
roundabout he mucks
writing Jingles down on paper
Jumbled days slide by
with lone Jailbird sigh
yet still he is a Japer

Jill dreads the morn
John Barleycorn
Jack’s friends are Just so Jerky
in skinny Jeans faded
vintage closet raided
they ate all her tofurky

Jack pops Jam cakes
Jill lovingly bakes
vegan to keep her figure
an idea Jolts bright
Joyful time is right
the market even bigger

Jack and Jill
quite fit the bill
Jolly in a big Joint venture
now Judge and Jury
in capitalist fury
they’ve secured a
fair-trade debenture

Jump right into the entries in Frizztext’s A-Z Challenge: tagged “J”.