Photo of graffiti depicting a green alien, taken by Joana Miranda

There lived a young man who had nothing to do and was feeling blue.

feeling blue graffiti

He consulted his only friend, Pablo.  Pablo had stick hands, no legs, and even less experience of the world, so he wasn’t much help.

Pablo Mustaf graffiti

Not knowing what else to do, the young man set out to explore the world.

ship graffiti

He journeyed far and wide through hostile lands…

sci-fi graffiti

Battling angry beasts…

wild bear graffiti

And evil sorcerers.

Scary queen graffiti

Fearing for his life, he joined a group fleeing for the moon…

rocket ship

But when he got there, he met an alien who said THESE ARE…

strange days indeed graffiti

And sent the young man crashing back to earth where he was attended to by a bunch of cranky nurses.

Nurses graffiti

They bandaged him up and made an appointment for him to consult The Wise One…  

pointilist graffiti face

Who told the man to follow his passion, then smacked him upside the head until his head spun…

psychedelic graffiti

And he saw stars.

black, white and red graffiti

And in that moment, the young man’s eyes were opened.  He moved to the city...

city graffiti

Where he now spends his days painting his dreams on every free surface he finds.

Photo of colorful graffiti and its reflection in a puddle

The End


  1. Martha Heiden says:

    Loved your story! Clever. Jealous that you can live in NYC and have tea with Tom and Don.

    • Joana says:

      Hi Martha,

      Tea with Tom and Don is a must if you live in NYC! 🙂 New York just wouldn’t be the same without them.

      Thanks for your nice comment and for visiting my blog. I hope you come back soon! Joana

    • Joana says:

      Hi Pam,

      Actually, all of that art was on the walls of the building at the 5 Pointz Aerosol Center in Long Island City, NY. You can see their website here: I really had fun letting my imagination run wild with the photos. 🙂

      I hope your new year is off to a great start! The events of this past fall sort of “whipped my butt” and I’m now trying to regroup my energy and get myself off to a positive start again. One helpful thing is that I’ve started volunteering with New York Cares. I volunteered on a literacy project and at a soup kitchen this past weekend – and am scheduled to tutor adults on the computer this coming weekend. I’ll return to the literacy project again at the end of Jan. There’s nothing like lifting yourself up by helping others!

      Ciao my dear, Joana

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