Friday, June 11, 2010


The realm of human existence
-Mind. Body. Soul-
Is defined by walls
From the geneses of creation
-or for Gnostics evolution-
When matter emerged from confusion
To the sands of modern times
History is written on walls
-From the ancient Wailing Wall
Through the amazing Great Wall
To the dollar empires in Wall Street-
Some walls are landmarks of adversity
And insult to human dignity
Like the broken Berlin Wall
Korean border walls
The West Bank Separation Wall
Baghdad neighborhood walls
-erected to set apart sectarian foes-
And Apartheid racial path walls
But others like the Sistine Walls
African painted cave walls
And the leaning walls of Pisa
Are milestones in human creative craft
Michelangelo, Da Vinci and Picasso
All relied on walls to display their art
And frame timeless frescos
When doom was declared upon the binging Belshazzar
And his gang of gluttons
It was done in writing on the wall
The sumptuous scenes and ‘sins’ in bedrooms
Secrets in boardrooms
And the gross in bathrooms
Are concealed under lock and four walls
In football
-watched by many on silver screen walls-
Winning depends on defensive walls
To block goal bound balls
Facebook walls
Are popular social platforms
Learning in public schools is done on blackboards
That are painted or plastered on walls
The ingenuity of graffiti
Is expressed in spray on public walls
Shield corporates against online cannibals
The Divine Wall
Curtains this life from the mysterious hereafter
Spenders line to load their wallets
From money minting machines mounted on walls
The vagaries of darkness
And the beauty of daylight
Are separated by the time defining wall of shifting shadow
Graves and tombs
Are eternal prisons six feet under four walls
The authority of kings
Is safeguarded by a wall of bodyguards
And enforced from high-walled palatial strongholds
Borders of nations
Are political walls partitioning populations
The splendour of cities
Is painted on concrete and glass walls
Men of high morals
Are portrayed as ‘a city of walls’
Anatomy of organisms
Is structured by cells held fast by membrane walls
The human birth suit
Is concealed in layers of garment walls
The human heart
-chambered by walls into ventricles-
Is the chief architect of divisive walls
That separates souls and instigates wars
Hence humanity should forever stand on a wall of will
United in demolishing all dividing walls

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