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Neighborhood Watch
Joanne Sharp | Umatilla Street

Guardian. Oil on canvas 11x14.
Painting Joanne Sharp.
Goddess. Oil on canvas 12x16. Joanne’s two paintings inspired her to write“Neighborhood Watch.”
Painting Joanne Sharp.
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Neighborhood Watch

Our neighborhoods are watched
by silent guardians
They stand quietly
knee high
waiting patiently, unnoticed
as we pass by
seeing only symbols
of their purpose

Slow down, look closer
each one has its own face
a version of the common color
streaked by rusty age
or bleached and scabbed
or overgrown with greenery
or bright and freshly painted

It could be
a tired warrior
or goddess of the sun
who lives on your street
waiting for the chance
to save your life



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