Walls

Brick by brick by brick

you’ve built this wall between us.

Eight-feet high and six feet deep

and while our voices carry

I cannot see you or touch you or feel you.

 

I place my left cheek on the stony surface,

press my ears against the wall,

and I can hear the soft pulsing beat of your heart

but it’s the sensation of smooth moss

that comes to focus.

 

Yes, you are rock hard

but you are stone.

 

You built this wall between us.

I will not break it down.

I press my lips against it,

close my eyes, and say goodbye

in my mind.

 

And I walk away

with the shadow of the obstacles

between us following me

as I go.

 

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