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Walls that We Build For Ourselves

Updated on November 26, 2013

Surrounded

A wall was built,

brick by brick,

inch by inch,

surrounding that which was inside.

Each brick materialized,

as a piece of strength was gained.

Each memory crushed between the bricks,

as the enemy was destroyed.

The wall hardened the once soft underbelly of my soul,

and silenced my screaming.

And all the while,

you stood by the wall,

watching it rise,

supporting it here and there,

like a human scaffold.

Your tears, mixed with mine,

as mortar for the edifice.

'I'm Gonna Be Strong" C. Lauper

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      This sounds like a good kind of wall, the one that seals us off from pain and give strength to move on.

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Exactly! But as many of us...I did not do it alone!

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      After I read this Jennifer of Poetic Justice I had to run over at breakneck speed and post some adoring fan mail. Love the poetic metaphor of the wall and how it your beautiful heart could bring any wall down - and when you have two hearts - it's even better.

      Sending you a big Canadian high five for this beauty from Colin, Tiffy and Gabriel at lake erie time ontario canada 10:28pm

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Again, I am overjoyed that anyone finds beauty in what I write. Thank you so much!

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      QudsiaP1 4 years ago

      I loved this piece because there is so much truth here. We create walls to protect ourselves and one day we find ourselves trapped within the same walls.

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Oh that is so true!!! I am glad you found something in reading this!

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Powerful metaphor; I love the tears in the mortar, wow. I like that it leaves room for interpretation too.

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from New Jersey

      I am so glad you liked it! This poem is written for a friend who is very important to me...so I am very glad it resonated with someone.

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      Jose Velasquez 4 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      So you built the wall and left him outside? That's kind of sad.

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from New Jersey

      I suppose you could look at it that way, Philly. But not outside....holding "the wall" (me) up at the time. Very necessary given events in my life. If you would like to know the end of the story....read And the Walls Came Tumbling Down" on my page, if I may be so bold as to ask. I think that you would get a clearer picture...But I always appreciate the comments and the sharing! Thank you!!!

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      Jose Velasquez 4 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      It must be an unfeatured Hub. You will have to unlock it for me, because i can't see it in your archive. Edit your profile and make it so all your hubs can be viewed, or you'll have to send me a link.

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from New Jersey

      It's not locked, and all my hubs are featured....the name of the actual poem is called Hands. But I will check it out!

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      Nimra Aijaz 4 years ago from Steel Town

      Very true....the way you "built" that wall gradually , the act of rising to strength again, it lifted up my heart! Made me so ready to follow you! :)

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Well, most walls go up slowly! And this one was definitely a source of strength! Thanks for your generous comments!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Very profound work Jennifer.. Great poetry.

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you Wayne, that means a great deal from a poet such as yourself! Thanks for the read!

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      a profound gathering of words Theater girl.. loved it :)

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      Jennifer 3 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you Frank!

      And thank you for the share!

      Feeling a little discouraged of late....this helped!

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      So lovely and your ending is wonderful!

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      I loved your use of metaphor here. Very emotive poetry and powerful.

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      Jennifer 3 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you Anna, I have been away for a while, and your comments warmed my heart! This is a very important piece to me, as is who it is written about. Thanks again!

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      Jennifer 3 years ago from New Jersey

      Again, Audrey, I appreciate your kind words. It was a boost that I have been needing for a while!

      P.S, not sure I ever mentioned....Audrey is my daughter's name.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Theater girl,

      WOW! Here lies the talent.

      This is my kind of a poem.

      Your imagery and metaphor work on so many levels.

      Voted Up and Shared.

      Kim

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      Jennifer 3 years ago from New Jersey

      As you said Kim, to be called talented by one I admire is so wonderful! It is particularly when it is said about a poem so close to my heart! Thank you thank you!

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Very beautiful poem! Yes, as others have said the metaphor or the wall and your years mixed in the mortar are beautiful and creative. Lovely writing. I'm glad it is a good wall!

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      Jennifer 3 years ago from New Jersey

      The wall was a good one. But I could not have done it alone, and the person is still a very strong presence in my life. I am glad that you enjoyed! Thanks for reading!

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      Word 3 years ago from Chicago

      This is a very wonderful poem of a strong wall built but sooner or later you must write about the wall being torn down so you won't miss the loving one that is truly meant for you. How shall he get in. There should be more to this saga.

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      Jennifer 3 years ago from New Jersey

      Nice to meet you word! And believe me, there is more! If you would have a care, specifically read "The Hands That Touch Us" or "The Many Ways that We Fall" Many of my poems tell more about how true love has touched my life! Thank you for your kindness! Blessings to you! I will visit you as well soon!

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      Jennifer 3 years ago from New Jersey

      Nice to meet you word! And believe me, there is more! If you would have a care, specifically read "The Hands That Touch Us" or "The Many Ways that We Fall" Many of my poems tell more about how true love has touched my life! Thank you for your kindness! Blessings to you! I will visit you as well soon!

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