Well Now, Here's a Wall...
Well now, here’s a wall, it’s
Made of scraps of youtube and
Of arguments, it’s scraped and
Moldy, here’s a chunk of Grand
Army Plaza, there’s a cardboard
Soggy hole, soaked with ink,
There’s a plain of mirrors
And one only sees oneself, pink
And shiny, and there’s a forest
Where one only wails and where
One never sees oneself, one
Emerges feeling free, rare,
Until one hits the boiling flats,
And here’s a field of memories,
Sandy, scrubby, with a winding way,
With frogs, with fog and prickling fleas.
And on the other side, a street,
A walkway, a factory filled
With cogs, assembly lines, stores
Filled with rows, with carboys of distilled
Water, with libraries, arches,
Stone lions, with parks where
Circles of people do tai chi,
And a zoo with a calm, contented bear.
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Yaacov David Shulman