These Walls

Bricks Grafitti Berlin Wall Painted Wall Spray

These walls speak

Sometimes too choked with fear

To tell us about what happened here

 

These walls cry

Tears of dried blood from old scars

Of prejudice and pain behind those bars

 

These walls scream

Of  silenced voices and separated lives

Edicts determining who endures and who thrives

 

These walls hide

Exhumed hatred, resurrected from a bygone era

When masked men darted knives of burning terror

 

These walls hear

Vitriolic words, disguised in the name of the holy book

Claiming promised lands with a stolen verse as the hook

 

These walls see

How we cower in shadows when we make that mark

That gives our permission for self selection into the ark

 

These walls know

Who carries blood and dirt on their hands

When we build new walls to extend divided lands