July 25, 2016
I actually stopped to read and photograph this graffiti or should I all it a cry for help.
First of all the "artist" was considerate and put it on paper (that was taped up), and not directly on the street pole.
Second, there are some incredibly thoughtful, alarming, and prayer messages on this in both English (as well as in Asian, and Hebrew languages), such as:
- "Jewish prayer for no rape."
- "Abusive bee." "Bee pose," "Queen bee," "Bee wisdom," and "Bee Sting"
- "Abusive spiritual teachers being arrested"
- "We are angelic"
- "I pray for diversity in the bee colony"
- "I pray for a well taught dog"
- "Goddess may the dog be happy"
- "Hashem [G-d] causes the generations to realize they are one"
- "Temple of the animist"
- "Freedom of religion."
- "Kosher U.S.A. Government"
- "Thanks MD/DC Service Dog."
There is more, but I couldn't make out all of it.
There is a also a drawing of a girl in a sitting position with her knees up and sort of smiling.
What strikes me most in this are the numerous references to some sort of abuse, likely sexual with the references to things like prayer for no rape, abusive bee, bee sting, bee pose, and abusive spiritual teachers being arrested.
I feel very unsettled by this, like someone is in trouble and this is a call for help from the community.
All the identification with religion, spirituality, and G-d make this even more significant in terms of the spiritual questioning and perhaps confusion from it all.
Also, is this person disabled/blind--note the reference to the service dog.
I hope that this person(s) are okay and that if they are in danger and need help: go immediately to your parents, the police, school authorities, or a social worker.
People in the community care, and especially G-d hears your prayers.
Whoever might be hurting you needs to be dealt with by the authorities, and please G-d, you will be alright. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)