Author Archive: Higgins

Left to Our Own Devices

graffitti, mural, street art, wasington, DC

Artist: Rashad Cuffec | Location: Washington, DC

Left to Our Own Devices

A micro-story by T.F. Higgins
Scene: Run-of-the-mill dystopian wasteland
When: Post-mass debilitation

We did it to ourselves. That’s no surprise. Rampant tumors. Visible ones that distorted craniums and ruined our god-given symmetry. Entire towns were thrust into chaos by dementia. A new type of merit-based society emerged, one where deft shoelace manipulation could earn you the mayorship. Our saving grace? Mass infertility.

The big book was right. The meek shan’t have a choice but to inherit this world. The device-less, uneducated, impoverished, and distended awoke to realize that those at the helm had lost their grip on reality. Lost leaders who absconded to their hand-held virtual world. There in the playful sociological conversion lurked the real and present sickness.

They had access to everything at their fingertips. The first cyborg revolution. 6 out of the 7 billion of our species. They uploaded everything from the mundane to the beautiful and unwittingly downloaded their disease. Left to their own devices, they leapt to their electro-magnetic demise.

Words Wrought

Washington, DC Street Art

Artist: Aniekan Udofia | Location: Florida Ave NW & 4th St. NW, Washington, DC

Artist Profile: Aniekan Udofia

Words Wrought

A poem by M. Higgins

Thoughts trapped
Mental magma welling up
Creative consciousness
Below the surface
Straining to erupt

High pressure
Thoughts collide
Concentration breakdown
Expression a must
How to begin
Thoughts trapped
Stumped again

A burst of energy
Thoughts flowing
Simple inspiration
Pen in hand
Words follow words
A hint of land

An island forms
Thoughts flow
The island grows
Slowly forming mass
An island of thought
In a sea of chaos
Words wrought

Bomb the World to Pieces

Busboys & Poets, K St. NW & 5th St. NW, Washington, DC

Busboys & Poets, K St. NW & 5th St. NW, Washington, DC

Artist: Aniekan Udofia | Location: Washington, DC | Songs: Spearhead “Bomb the World” (Armageddon Version) and Safari Soundlab “Bomb the World to Pieces”


This poem in lyrical format is from Michael Franti and Spearhead. The image commands it…The picture is just one of many pieces painted on wooden boxes and placed outside a Busboys and Poets restaurant in Washington, DC. It’s a fitting location for the poetic message of peace it conveys.

Bomb the World

Songwriters FRANTI, MICHAEL / YOUNG, CARL ROGERS / SHUL, DAVID
Published by Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Please, tell me the reason
Behind the colors that you fly
Love just one nation
And the whole world, we divide

You won’t say, you’re sorry
There is no other choice
God bless the people now
Who cannot raise their voice

We can chase down all our enemies
Bring them to their knees
We can bomb the world to pieces
But we cant bomb it into peace

Whoa, we may even find a solution
To hunger and disease
We can bomb the world to pieces
But we cant bomb it into peace

Violence brings one thing
More more of the same
Military madness
The smell of flesh and burning pain

So I sing out to the masses
Stand up if youre still sane
To all of us gone crazy
I sing this one refrain

We can chase down all our enemies
Bring them to their knees
We can bomb the world to pieces
But we cant bomb it into peace

Whoa, we may even find a solution
To hunger and disease
We can bomb the world to pieces
But we cant bomb it into peace

And I sing power to the peaceful
Love to the peaceful yall
Power to the peaceful
Love to the peaceful yall

We may even find a solution
To hunger and disease
We can bomb the world to pieces
But we cant bomb it into peace

Say we can chase down all our enemies
We can even bring them to their knees
We can bomb the world into pieces
But we cant bomb it into peace

And I sing power to the peaceful
Love to the peaceful yall
I sing power to the peaceful
Love to the peaceful yall
I sing


A bonus track from Safari Soundlab, enjoy.

Toxic Inspections Department

Irvine Alley, Washington, DC, USA

Irvine Alley, Washington, DC, USA


Artist: Shepard Fairey  |  Location: Washington, DC  |  Song: KRS-One “Disaster Kit”


Without a doubt, Shepard Fairey is one of the most brazen, recognizable, and prolific street artists in the world. This picture represents a small portion of a mural in Washington, DC that no longer exists. While I am happy to have photographed it before it’s ultimate demise, I regret that I did not do so before weather and vandals took their toll. The entire mural was impressive but I think this portion of it is the coolest. Poetry and dissent go hand in hand. What say you, poets?