Gurnos Shops by Mike Jenkins

An emaciated tree

clinging to its blackened leaves,

the wind snuffles chip-cartons.


The road’s an aerial view

of dirt-dragging streams,

its scabs peeled off by tyres.


Clouds collect exhaust-fumes.

A man takes his beer-gut for a walk,

his wife follows on a lead unseen.


They won’t climb up on plinths

where benches ought to be

and pose like shop-dummies.


Lamp-posts droop their nightly heads,

strays will do the watering.

Graffiti yells, but nobody’s listening.


by Mike Jenkins

Bridgend’s Religious Underpass Graffiti

On a short walk I discovered some graffiti on the walls of an underpass beneath a very busy bypass road.

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Free hugs you say? I was expecting an ambush… Instead I found bible quotes…

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Standard fare so far. A little cartoon devil and a sort of beat boy looking caricature tag.

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The Eye of Providence… Quite a common image to see in areas of graffiti.

Then I was caught off guard by some graffiti biblical quotes which served no other purpose than propaganda in what is ultimately a very isolated area.

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Romans 5:21

That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

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Romans 10:9
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Next to the two bible quotes was another bit of graffiti reading: ‘Read the King James Bible – And No Other’ the last part of which was underlined.

Apparently I had found the secret meeting place of radicalised Anglican Protestant Christians in the town. Perhaps I have stumbled upon some mystery which will lead to globe trotting adventures?