Unauthorised – so it probably was
a mural on the side of the campus building
full-sized, predating Banksy by two decades –
a graduation stunt by a talented trio.
Before and after,
polenta coloured concrete block one afternoon …
vibrant hues of figure the next morning.
The authorities tolerant –
graduation is graduation
boys will be boys, and girls, girls –
a stay of execution, until after conferment.
Blank becomes vibrant
vibrant becomes blank
the curve bisects the asymptote,
a motor vehicle accident
death claims one of the artists.
A petition is presented
the mural remained … Still there 30 years later.