Walls to Preserve. Walls to Destroy.

12 10 2013

Walls to Preserve. Walls to Destroy.


There should be a wall

Which protects unborn life

From surgical vacuum and killing pill

Which shields a young boy or girl

from the fist of a father

or the lust of an uncle.


These broken walls bring shame on us

A human community called to be humane


There should be a wall

Which encourages a man to express his passion in holy ways

Not man with neighbor’s wife

Not man with other man

But man with his own wife


Walls such as these are Architecturally assigned

To preserve humanity through self-restraint

To protect society from self-destruction


Even animals know to respect such walls.


But bad walls have been wrongly built

Walls that weaken who we are

as those given life to share together

these walls should be destroyed


When a black man feels hatred for a white man

Or the white feels disdain for the black,

When native American longs to steal back what was stolen from him

Land, dignity, opportunity, culture


When those who own more call lazy those who own less

When skin of darker hue senses hubris in lighter tone

When the house of privilege moves further away

from the house without a yard


Bad walls are wrongly built

And weaken who we are

Walls are built on two sides

And two sides must bring them down.


When victim burns with hate

And victor gloats with pride

Only grace from Him can beat the wall

Only the cross offers a pathway through


He took down divisive walls

Brought together one new man

Walls are rebuilt on two sides

Both sides must bring them down again.


-Robert E Rasmussen, 2013



One response

28 10 2015
Robert Rasmussen

beautiful poem Bob.
Gee thanks

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