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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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