Watching the Wall – A Poem

By Carolfrances Likins

Walls built by them
through the middle of us
are not built to protect us from us,
but to protect them
from our coming to realize that
we
are
an
us.

walls between enemies might be shields
but walls
between people and their land,
between people and their water,
between people and their neighbors,
between people and the sunset,
are not meant to be shields
but
swords.

walls make poor shields
if they create more
enemies.

walls meant to divide must
unite us:
this wall
must
fall.

Ramallah 2004

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