#27 Ashes and Blood

by Jose Martinez

It’s a beautiful mural, it truly is even if nobody else thinks so. Had taken ten years to paint, seven minutes to “desecrate” as the townsfolk would say. I don’t think I can even recall what the original artwork was. Don’t really care either to be honest. That red patch though, that was Jimmy’s blood and those black streaks were from the hot ashes thrown at him that missed. You would think they would’ve picked a smarter place for an execution. Reminds them of that day, that’s why they hate it. Drive faster when they pass it. Look down when they walk by it, hell some of them even pray if they’re within a one-hundred foot distance from it. I’m glad. Jimmy was a good man, an even better friend. This mural is all I have left of him. It’s all I have to get back at those bastards who unjustly killed him. They fear it. Fear the truth. That’s why it’s beautiful.

5 comments:

Shona Snowden said...

Winner for me so far. Great voice.

Sam Knight said...

Nice anger in the narrator's voice. You do a good job of letting us know that whatever happened was wrong without telling us what it was. The sense of frustration is tangible.

Flutterby said...

Succinct and powerful.

JRVogt said...

"ten years to paint, seven minutes to “desecrate”"

Excellent line.

Sarah Laurenson said...

Love this. Strong imagery and emotion.