Beyond the Wall

scars untouched
like stars unseen
in the neglected wastelands
exist
where no cultured eye sees
pain persists
beyond the wall

see no evil
hear no evil
speak no evil
touch no unclean thing
hide
behind the wall
of
ignorance
bigotry
greed
and
pride

there thrive
fattened
off the fattened meats
hoarded

while the wall is boarded

hunger exists
pure
real
aching
a chorus in the wilderness
of empty-belly pleas
that reverberate off a civilized wall
unheard

scars untouched
radiate pain
through the midnight wasteland
the loveliest stars
by industrial giants’
smog-clouded,
wall-protected
eyes
unseen

~

Words and Photography ©2019 Tanya Cliff ~ to contact me

Posted in poetry,  free verse, & human rights.

29 thoughts on “Beyond the Wall

  1. Very, very sharp and spot on, Tanya! I absolutely love it… What an appropriate poem for such a time as this, such a very sad time, indeed. And you’ve inspired me once again! Thank you and blessings to you!

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  2. Tanya, this is so well done, my friend. It leapt off the screen. I particularly love this stanza.

    “hunger exists
    pure
    real
    aching
    a chorus in the wilderness
    of empty-belly pleas
    that reverberate off a civilized wall
    unheard”

    We have a poverty problem in this country that does not get talked about. It amazes me that a country with our wealth has so many that go hungry. Keith

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