Walls: an historical meditation
Everybody loves a wall.
Walls can last a long time.
Look at the Great Wall of China—
it’s great to take photos from it.
Walls are extraordinary things.
Walls appear attractive,
even when forbidding.
They look quite beautiful
surrounding august estates.
Walls are symbolic
and hence not really real.
As a metaphor for greatness,
walls are primarily decorative,
in the form of height.
The only defect of walls
remains tunnels and ladders;
high walls become
for political graffiti.
Walls should be built by nations
whenever the opportunity arises
because they identify nations
bestowing fame in history books.
Yet you can always build walls
at any time for yourself
around your own house
or your own philosophy
to make yourself feel more secure.
Even the word wall sounds mellifluous,
a poetic word if there ever was one.
As a famous American poet once said:
“Good fences make good neighbors.”
P.S. In Anglo-Saxon
from which the word wall derives,
a wall is a pile of dead bodies
from which soldiers fight behind
as they bitterly lament
the memory of their dead comrades.