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The Moving Wall

Updated on November 22, 2016
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Can we hold ourselves still,

find the dormant skin

flayed by politics, hatred its whip

Can we still the frenetic polish

of ambition's farcical diatribe

Can I find you and you me

in the wake left behind

will we recall compassion

its yellowed salve

a word caught on the breeze

I recall that once

we tended wounded hearts

we felled tyrants like trees

clearing the heart and mind

finding the room beneath pain

that which spoke to us of equality

Can we survive long enough

to do that again

copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2016


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      Louise Powles 9 months ago from Norfolk, England

      That's a lovely poem. I hope there will be more kindness in the world.

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      Audrey Howitt 13 months ago from California

      Thank you John!

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      Audrey Howitt 13 months ago from California

      Thank you Ruby!

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      Audrey Howitt 13 months ago from California

      Thank you Lori!

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      Martie Coetser 13 months ago from South Africa

      Perhaps equality exists only in heaven? But then, Christians are suppose to live as if they are already in heaven, not so?

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      Audrey Howitt 13 months ago from California

      Thank you ArtDiva! I agree!

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      Audrey Howitt 13 months ago from California

      Thank you threekeys!

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      Linda Crampton 13 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a very moving poem, Audrey. It expresses the worry of the current situation beautifully. I hope that the answer to all of your question is "Yes".

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Audrey, this is very poignant and so well expressed. Was the world once a much better place when equality and fairness had more value, and oppressors were dealt with? I think so.

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      manatita44 13 months ago from london

      Yes, we will, my Dear. Resilence is a great human quality. The poem is excellent and worthy. Om Shanti!

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      Jay C OBrien 13 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      I like it. Just goes to show, do not put your faith in politics. Have a plan to move away from riots or danger. Violence will be with us always, do not become enmeshed in it. Have faith in yourself. Remember, violence is a projection of the person. Do not respond to it (except to get out of the way).

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      Genna East 13 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Beautifully written...each word perfect in its measure that speaks to the better natures of ourselves. Happy Thanksgiving to our talented poet of the mind and heart. :-)

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      mckbirdbks 13 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      So smooth, flowing and relevant. Nicely done.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 13 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Audrey, the world, we must reunite for all humans to survive. We're living in the most divisive time, so much hate spewed, division among the races. When are we ever going to learn to love one another? Beautiful thoughts that require deep retrospection.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 13 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Your questions are so relevant and relatable! Great poem that requires introspection and deep thoughts.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Randi Benlulu 13 months ago from Mesa, AZ

      All good questions, eloquently put. Let's hope we can!

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      Bill Holland 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It almost appears hopeless at this time, doesn't it? No one will even attempt to listen to the other side. All I hear is name-calling, and I'm so tired of it. Thank you for spreading the word that love really is the answer.

      Happy Thanksgiving my talented friend.

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      Nithya Venkat 13 months ago from Dubai

      Wisdom in your words, very well expressed.Great write.

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      FlourishAnyway 13 months ago from USA

      Beautiful thoughts here and the thoughts represented

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      Patricia Scott 13 months ago from sunny Florida

      Yes, yes we can. We are resilient and wise and time will bring reason to the forefront once again.

      How blessed we are that we have the freedoms so many around the world are denied.

      Angels are headed your way and wishes for a Happy and blessed Thanksgiving ps

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      Lori Colbo 13 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Very well said. The division and hatred in the past year from every corner of the political map amongst not just pundits and politicians but from people everywhere. We have what we have and we must seek to, as you said, remember we are all equal in value and seek to work together as much as possible and get on with living being the best and most compassionate you. At the end of the day, we are all accountable for how we treat each other. If friendships have value only when there is agreement then those friendships are not true.

      Great, thoughtful poem, Audrey. Thanks for expressing it so well.

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      ArtDiva 13 months ago

      Nicely stated words in a time of devisive walls put up. Equality waits for not the time, it just is.

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      Threekeys 13 months ago from Australia

      Eloquent and direct.

      Undernearth we all yearn equality which to me means acceptance and laissez-faire. Thank you for your poem audrey.