Berlin Wall Anniversary

B Wall Graffitti FixedThe Wall

They only stand a while

Contrived to separate

Describing boundaries

Built of stone and concrete

Still . . .

None last forever.


In the meantime

They are unimaginary

And expensive

Casting pain and want

Both sides

            What reason?

                        Who decided?                                                                       

Berlin’s wall

Stood twenty years

More than one hundred lost their lives

Attempting crossing

One side to the other.                                                                                                     


Tumbled now

Fractured remains have become souvenirs                                                                                                                                                   

People buy chunks of it in shops

That lay in wait

At Checkpoint Charlie

Where a section has been left to stand

A grim memorial

Tourist attraction

Covered with spray-paint artwork over time

Passers-by names and comments.


These remaining sections have been whitewashed

Re-grafittied by professionals

Fine-artists born on either side

In celebration of its fall

Their concrete canvases

Fenced off with hog wire

To keep amateurs away



Brilliant images evoke remembrance of a wall that was

Others remain

Beyond the reach of common sight and unencumbered

By the weight of mass

The walls of class

And race

Between the rich and poor

Others we  build around ourselves

            our neighbors





Some who dare,  protest

Attempt a crossing

As most wait impatiently to watch them fall

Knowing their inbred failure:

            Reason for existence

                        And high maintenance . . . The cost.

Wall Shot

Published: Barely South Review     Boundaries Issue   2011


About Bruce Louis Dodson

Bruce Louis Dodson is an American expat now living in Borlänge, Sweden with his wife, cat and dog. He is an artist and world traveler who writes fiction and poetry and practices photography in his less than copious free time. His work has appeared in: Barely South Review - Boundaries Issue, Blue Collar Review, Pulsar Poetry (UK), Foliate Oak, Breadline Press West Coast Anthology . The E-buffet, Qarrtsiluni, Struggle Magazine, Pearl Literary Magazine, Contemporary Literature Review: India, 3rd Wednesday, Sleeping Cat Books - Trip of a Lifetime Anthology, Northern Liberties Review, Authors Abroad - Foreign & and Far Away Anthology, The Path, Page & Spine, The Crucible, Sleeping Cat Books -Trips of a Lifetime, Vine Leaves, Pirene's Fountain,Tic Toc Anthology - Kind of a Hurricane Press, Cordite Poetry Review, Buffalo Almanac and mgv2.
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