This is a short, poignant poem written by my friend Annette A. Talbert. It really spoke to me; I hope you appreciate it as much as I did.
We humans build walls,
to separate –
we create artificial barriers
to keep those different people
from mixing with “us.”
Walls are first created in our hearts
when we divide the human race by-
race, tribe, religion, politics, sex,
then we build a wall to keep
the “others” away.
But travel by air into space-
and notice there are no barriers
on this fragile blue planet.
Growing up in The Village in the 1960’s I was taught there were no walls.
And I passed that on to my children too.
Unfortunately in history there are too many walls. And yet some have found ways to breach those walls to benefit all of humanity.
Thanks for your remarks, JP. I certainly understand. Some walls we put up ourselves; others build walls to keep people in or out. I am reminded of Robert Frost’s ‘Mending Walls’ and that song from the late 60s/early 70s called, I believe, ‘Signs’ which had a line about the guy standing on the wall asking whether this walls was keeping him out or Mother Nature in. ~nan
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