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Pending Wall, a Poem

John is passionate about human and animal rights, social justice, equality, and the environment, and likes to convey that in his writing.

San Diego/Tijuana Border Fence by Sgt. 1st Class Gordon Hyde - http://www.ngb.army.mil, Public Domain,

San Diego/Tijuana Border Fence by Sgt. 1st Class Gordon Hyde - http://www.ngb.army.mil, Public Domain,

Pending Wall

We need the wall

So please don't stall,

Let's all play ball,

President's call.


Please don't be mugs,

Keep out the drugs,

Deny the thugs,

Let's all give hugs.


Wall's cost a lot,

No parking lot.

Don't be a Scot,

It's worth a shot.


It's for the best,

Put it to test,

Ignore the rest

At my request.


The Great wall of China

The Great wall of China

And don't you frown,

I'm not a clown.

I will shut down,

Call it "Code Brown."


Great Wall of China,

Nothing finer,

Same designer,

Trump refiner.


So, post by post

From coast to coast,

Ignore the cost,

Let Donald toast


They built the wall,

So wide and tall.

It could not fall,

Now safe for all.

By Földhegy - Own work, based on data from The Washington Post and the following map sources:Natural Earth v1VMap0 for bordersOpenStreetMap for waterways, CC BY-SA 3.0,

By Földhegy - Own work, based on data from The Washington Post and the following map sources:Natural Earth v1VMap0 for bordersOpenStreetMap for waterways, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Inspiration for This Poem

I would like to thank Tim Truzy for the inspiration to write this poem. I recently read his wonderful article/poem "Walls in Poetry: And the Wall Came Down: A Poem," and I realised I had never written a poem about walls. The most famous poem I could remember reading with walls as a subject was Mending Wall by Robert Frost.

Anyway, the above poem was the result. Thank you for reading.

© 2019 John Hansen

Comments

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 10, 2019:

Cheers, goego. I appreciate you reading this and your comment. Encore!

goego from Loserland on February 10, 2019:

I like the style on this one- four for fore! Great song too, much repore!!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 07, 2019:

Thank you Tim. I greatly appreciate this comment. I can truly understand the pressure of a new novel as well as the “mental wall” you mention. You are certainly right about my country being treated like a wall for Britain to hide their convicts behind..the wall in this case being and ocean so quite impossible for them to scale. Thanks again, and take your time, I am sure you will be back to reading as soon as you can. Much respect.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 07, 2019:

Thank you Alyssa, as an outside observer I try to be impartial. I am glad this poem met with your approval.

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on February 07, 2019:

Hello, John,

Another inspiring work as usual.

As of late, my wife has encouraged me to take time and spend in my office and work on a very dark novel which keeps running into conflicts. I'm encountering my "mental wall." This too shall pass.

You caught the mood in this country precisely, John. Your beautiful country was treated like a "wall" for the undesirable in Britain at one time, but now, it is a respected champion of freedom in this world.

Forgive my long-time absence from your poetry.

Expect more visits, and I am honored as well.

To a solid and compassionate member of the HP community who is uplifting to other creative souls,

Much respect and admiration,

Tim

Alyssa from Ohio on February 07, 2019:

Excellent poem! I think we all have varying opinions on a wall at the southern border and I appreciate this!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 03, 2019:

Thank you, Dana. It is always great to get your comments.

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on February 03, 2019:

I'm glad you were inspired by Tim's poem. I also enjoyed it as well as this one.

God bless...

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 02, 2019:

I am glad you went ahead with the birthday party, Eric. You do your best to keep things as normal as possible at least for your children even when times are tough. It is a pity we have to have borders at all, as the attendance at the party attests.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 02, 2019:

John I try to be a humble man. But today we went crazy with a birthday party. Perhaps our friends thought us rich and showing off. I just backed off for a moment as the boy blew out the candles (those funny ones that relight)

But for some reason I noted in my writer's brain that I was the only full on white guy there. My goody God almighty why does he treasure me so? I wonder about borders. The little Malodo kids did not see any. My German (alaman) buddies did not see one though they hail from Nogales.

They speak of borders. I wonder where they are. For sure not at our party five miles from Mexico.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 02, 2019:

Hi Pamela, thank you for reading and appreciating this poem. Your comment expresses how a lot of people think...the wall probably won't stop all the drugs and illegals etc but it may at least hinder and reduce the influx.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 02, 2019:

I like you clever poem about a wall with the short phrases.

It is difficult to know if a wall in a couple of tough areas would help with drugs and criminals, even though they find alternate routes. It might discourage such huge caravans from traveling this way as we have no way to vet them, house and feed them if we let everyone in at the same time.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 02, 2019:

Thank you for reading and commenting Brenda. I have my doubts about the proposed walls affectiveness also but I suppose time will tell won’t it?

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on February 02, 2019:

Thanks for writing this poem. It is a nice reflection of the truth behind the wall to be built.

It seems the reasoning behind this is only for president Trump.

No wall will ever stop the drugs or corruption. The drugs are smuggled in vehicles, boats or planes...terrorists will always find their way.

Thanks for enlightening us.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 02, 2019:

Hi Rinita, I a Thanks for reading and the great comment.lways loved Mending Wall so thought this was a good opportunity for a play on words. Yes, Tim's words are great too.

Rinita Sen on February 02, 2019:

Mending Wall by Frost was a favorite growing up. In fact I re read it couple of months back. As to your poem, well crafted satire.

Oh, and I enjoy Tim Truzy's articles/poems. Lot to appreciate, and learn from.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 01, 2019:

I am so glad this gave you a laugh Sean. Yes, maybe Pink Floyd did have the answers :)

I am not worried about MrPresident building a wall around my house though, as he is not "my" President and I live in another country lol. Much love.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 01, 2019:

Thank you MsDora. I am glad you liked the form of this poem and that it allowed you to catch your breath as you climbed the wall. Blessings.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 01, 2019:

Hi, DreamOn (Mike) thanks for visiting and reading this poem. It is obvious you have been giving this wall lots of thought. I wish the Government would consult with you and listen to your ideas of building a wall out of recycled materials and trash. There are plenty of artists and I am sure builders with the skill to do this, and yes they could be allowed to use their artistic expression.

They do already restore ex dumping grounds into parklands and gardens, that's true. Murals promoting peace, love, and respect are also a good idea. We do need to come together in unity and everyone should be encouraged to have input. There is too much fear and hatred in the world. Thank you for your enlightening comments.

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on February 01, 2019:

Hilarious and sarcastic my brother! You did well, but beware of the Mr President, he will build a wall around your house! Lol!

I think that Pink Floyd is the best answer!

"Don't be surprised,

When a crack in the ice

Appears under your feet

You slip out of your depth and out of your mind

With your fear flowing out behind you

As you claw the thin ice."

Let Love tear down the Wall!

Sean

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on February 01, 2019:

Good form. The short lines give us a chance to catch our breath as we climb.

DREAM ON on February 01, 2019:

I don't like fighting. We are suppose to be smarter than animals. Yet we kill people for no reason. Animals kill for survival and food. They make us look dumb. Isn't it time we learn to coexist. If anything history will teach us after every war there are no winners. Both sides lose precious lives.

DREAM ON on February 01, 2019:

I grew up across from the city dump. Years later they turned the soil over and planted trees and plants and grass. Bike paths and a picnic area. Once a dumping ground now turned to a beautiful spot. We have the technology. We have to put our heads together instead of butting heads like two rams. Isn't time to grow up and act like adults and have more time admiring the most beautiful roses that we could sell all over the world.

DREAM ON on February 01, 2019:

I see a wall as a chance for change. Building basic homes along the border can give shelter and protection we all need. A start for so many who need a helping hand. Joining hands together. I remember watching old cowboy movies when someone lost their home to fire. Everyone came together. Not for money. For love. Maybe my thoughts are too deep for people to understand. Any structure will take years to build. Why not train people to build works of beauty. The list is endless. Large murals that represent peace, respect,love, kindness, forgiveness and most of all love.

DREAM ON on February 01, 2019:

I loved your poem. I have a different wall in mind. Why can't we make a wall of trash. Where we can find ways to recycle and putting to work people that need jobs. They can set up camp. Until they can build their own houses. We always have trash. Under the right management we could find better ways to solve an ever increasing problem. Old dump sites turned into flower beds and a work of beauty. People working together. Working together. Helping each other. I think we all should take great pride in keeping America clean and safe. Every politician should have to give community time help building the Wall Of Love. Starting with our own trash and be resourceful and smart. Prove to the world. We are the leader and maybe more places will build their own walls.Bigger and better than us. Can you imagine a Beautiful Wall Competition to see who makes the most beautiful garden walls. Taking recycled materials and making them into pieces of art. Even artists could display their art work for all to appreciate.If we think out of the box. We could make walls of good. Four walls can provide shelter

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 31, 2019:

Thank you for reading Venkat. I don't know if it is a good idea to build the wall or not, but time will tell. I think it seems inevitable that this will happen eventually, as Donald Trump seems very committed to building it no matter what.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on January 31, 2019:

Very interesting and entertaining poem on a wall.

But, personally, I may not like the idea of building a wall at such huge costs which may burden the general public.

But, a wall is good for security and protection from perpetrators.

I enjoyed that poem "Mending Wall" also. Thanks for sharing.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 31, 2019:

Haha, Rasma, you would hope it would have "wildlife doors all along it so the animals could get through but I doubt it will. Thanks for reading. Got to keep those armadillos out.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on January 31, 2019:

Loved this. Is the wall going to have a pet door? Just a silly question for a very silly wall.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 31, 2019:

Thank you, Liz. Glad you found it interesting.

Liz Westwood from UK on January 31, 2019:

This is an interesting and very topical poem.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 31, 2019:

Haha Eric, yes it is fortunate that most bathrooms have walls. I too only lock doors at night or if I go out. Never during the day when I am home. Thanks for reading. I look forward to reading your article about "the wall."

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 31, 2019:

John this is excellent. Personally I like the walls of my bathroom. I assume my family does also - stinky daddy. My son has me shut his door after tucking in. Interesting barrier? We lock our doors at night but during the day I keep them open.

Some people say I have no appropriate boundaries in conversation. I reckon that is a lack of a barrier.

(Working on a new piece here on "our" wall issue)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 31, 2019:

Bill, a privacy hedge sounds ideal, but they'd probably make it thorny.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 31, 2019:

I really appreciate that comment, Patty. I wish they would place it on a plaque there.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 31, 2019:

Thank you Janice. I am glad you enjoyed this. I love the Robert Frost poem too.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 31, 2019:

Thank you for sharing your concerns Devika. Much appreciated.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 31, 2019:

Hey Hari, I hope it won't cause that to spread to other countries. They already brought the Berlin wall down.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 31, 2019:

Yes, Flourish, so they say?

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 31, 2019:

It would be funny if we weren't living it. lol I loved Canada's idea, a privacy hedge on our border, not rude but still providing a bit of privacy. lol

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on January 31, 2019:

Hi Jodah -- Your poem should appear on a plaque placed on a crumbled wall at the Sothern Border. Archeologists of the future will love it!

Janis Leslie Evans from Washington, DC on January 31, 2019:

Excellent job, John, of making the absurd poetic, in a most creative way. I also loved the Robert Frost poem. Perfection.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 31, 2019:

Interesting choice of words. A wall will not solve any issue.

Hari Prasad S from Bangalore on January 31, 2019:

Quite a humourous one on a serious subject. Hope it wont start a frenzy in other coutries too.

- Hari

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 31, 2019:

Build it and they will still come? Enjoyed your poem, John.