Beauty on Bathroom Walls

My favorite bathroom finding to date


There’s laundry tossed on my empty bed

The memory of your smell clouds my head

Your dusty absence makes me sneeze

Why do I counter the pain with pleas?

My four walls scream with words unsaid

-Anonymous Bathroom Poet

I’m trying to retrain my brain to look for the beauty in every place and in every situation, but I never thought I’d find it on a bathroom wall.┬áPublic bathrooms seriously gross me out and I try to avoid them at all costs, but when you gotta go, you gotta go! Now I knew I would love a lot of things about Austin, but I never thought one of them would be what I’ve found scribbled on its public bathroom walls. I’ve gotten into the habit of taking pictures of what I find when I’m in one, and I’m usually not disappointed. I’ve even thought of making a little coffee table book of all my glorious anonymous findings.

Has bathroom graffiti always been this interesting? Is it just Austin’s bathroom graffiti? Have I changed? I don’t know, but I do know that these writings have brought a little more joy, creativity, and intrigue to my life. And who couldn’t use more of that?

Love and light,


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