I’m off to an art gallery,
Though not in the conventional sense.
It doesn’t have a collection that’s limited
And admission is always free.
All it really takes to be showcased
In this, my favorite, gallery is
The desire to express oneself
(and the humble means that make it possible).
In case you haven’t realized
(though I certainly hope you have)
I’m not talking about
Canvas paintings on matte-white walls or
Marble statues on humble pedestals.
I’m talking about
Stickers on street signs.
Perhaps you hadn’t realized the streets
Of Providence (and most any city)
Are full of art.
You need only tear yourself away
From habitual monotony,
By looking around
Paying attention to the city
To the environment you exist in
(and help to define).
How the endless of repetition of stickers
Gets swallowed by the dull hum of the city
And gets reduced to visual white noise
But within those ambient sights
Lies unbridled creativity.
And without further ado,
I present a small sample of
Providence’s Street Sign Gallery: