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Bring more barbed wire. Bring the heavy rolls
of twisted steel and metal thorns. Wear
heavy gloves, unspool the wire from the roll,
make loops atop the wall. Bring more.

Bring more barbed wire. Here are metal stakes
on which it may be hung. Go on and on.
Here is a wire cutter for when we are done,
but that will not be soon. Bring more.

Bring more barbed wire. Here are people
to keep out, there are people to confine,
here a place to make secure, here we are
on our side, thank God. Bring more.

Here are people, there are people,
here a border, here a barrier,           
here are places, here are people,
here a wall and here the wire. Bring more.
Inspired by blue and a wall by Hanan, :iconpartiallyhere:

The image above the poem is hers and used by her kind permission.
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A-s-h-l-y-n Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

This poem makes me think of not only the political view but as an emotional view of an individual. The concept of one not letting people get close to them. Once you build up a wall it not only keeps people out but also traps your emotions/feelings, that's essentially you, inside.

Love it!

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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you for reading and for that insight! :)
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A-s-h-l-y-n Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Anytime! :)
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ebbing-gale Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This one hurts or should I say the truth in it does.
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   Traditional Artist
Yes, and thanks very much. One of those poems with an angle of vision that sees all the way through.
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BeyondJen Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is fantastic.
Great imagery and capture of...gosh, so much.
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011   Traditional Artist
Hi Jen, thank you very much indeed.
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BeyondJen Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Hi Richard. It was very much my pleasure. (:
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jimfleming Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
Love this! Ghettoizing, gated community constructing, border fabricating,
artificially separating, prison building barbed wire..... No doubt, they will bring more...
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you, Jim. It's a far truer poem than I wish it were!
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jimfleming Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
Yes...but artists are wire cutters brother :heart:
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011   Traditional Artist
Man - thanks. What a great comment :hug:
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jimfleming Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011
:)
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SZografos Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
Your wonderful piece has been featured here [link]
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011   Traditional Artist
:thanks:
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RequiemsandReveries Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
wow...i can't think of anything but wow. I've read it like 5 times just now.
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011   Traditional Artist
what a great compliment, thank you very much indeed.
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RequiemsandReveries Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
You're so welcome, thank you for stretching my brain in 20 directions!
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fredfree Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
amen bruthah.
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011   Traditional Artist
they got the wire
but we got the songs.
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hummbuzz Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
:clap:
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011   Traditional Artist
:iconbowplz:
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SZografos Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
Both image and words, unforgettable.

SZ
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011   Traditional Artist
:iconbowplz: Thank you very much.
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SZografos Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
My pleasure.
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DramiraSK Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
Very interesting. It had a great image while I read it. A good message as well.
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thanks very much for reading and for the comment!
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djailledie Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This all sounds too familiar, not only the barbed wire, but the fear built by our French president to make sure that people don't look at their own situation while they build the barbed wire fence.
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011   Traditional Artist
I hear you. It is not that different here. Many political leaders using fear of various groups to distract their followers from what is really wrong.
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EmmaSloane Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
Stunned and left for dead. This is remarkable.
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011   Traditional Artist
Awwww, what a compliment! Thank you, Emma.
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EmmaSloane Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
a pleasure.
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KatDiestel Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
great! a multi-national anthem in all its wicked irony. bravissimo!
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011   Traditional Artist
:iconbowplz: grazie, kat!
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KatDiestel Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
:) ma sempre, riccardo
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Markus43 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:clap:



BRING MORE!
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011   Traditional Artist
:iconbowplz:

thanks, Mark!
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partiallyHere Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
more than ironic i'd say. sarcastic.
how could you feel it, you that never lived here? i guess it became a small world, and sensitive people can feel it just by seeing.

it's an emotive poem for me Richard, you know how thankful i am for these.

:hug:
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011   Traditional Artist
that's it - the world is small. and... i've always tried to pay attention - too many do not or cannot make the small leap of imagination needed - but many do, and can.

you are most welcome of course and i am thankful in turn :hug:
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partiallyHere Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
i never had any doubt you could, and would. :nod:
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011   Traditional Artist
:aww:
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