The Fence

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How did she get here?

She walked...walked toward the fence.

It's the one constant.

 

 


 

 

  

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    There's always a fence.

    She came alone. Swept along

    with the refugees.


 

 

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Maybe an orphan -

but no one knows for certain.

She stands by the fence.


 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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    Waiting. She watches.

    Expecting someone to come

    from across the fence.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Little refugees

grow up waiting by the fence...

older and angry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Syrian refugee boy stands behind a fence

 

   

   

    They survived a lot.

    So now they stand by the fence.

    Waiting for something.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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Comments 5

 
Amy Brook Palleson on Thursday, 03 March 2016 14:04

Wonderful. And horrible. It is sometimes shocking to realize how the same distressing societal events can elicit such malice towards vulnerable people that we don't even personally know.

Wonderful. And horrible. It is sometimes shocking to realize how the same distressing societal events can elicit such malice towards vulnerable people that we don't even personally know.
Ken Hartke on Thursday, 03 March 2016 17:18

Sometimes you write something and it keeps coming back to haunt you. I wrote this a couple years ago for my Writer's Cramp blog but it keeps coming back around. What do you do when you can't live in your homeland anymore? A few years ago I recall someone talking about the land mines in Cambodia and that they were being cleared off the land an arm and a leg at as time. We are all vulnerable before we are angry.

Sometimes you write something and it keeps coming back to haunt you. I wrote this a couple years ago for my Writer's Cramp blog but it keeps coming back around. What do you do when you can't live in your homeland anymore? A few years ago I recall someone talking about the land mines in Cambodia and that they were being cleared off the land an arm and a leg at as time. We are all vulnerable before we are angry.
Rosy Cole on Friday, 04 March 2016 10:55

It's a deplorable fact of our times that boundaries of every kind have been demolished and overrun with little respect for the functioning of the natural order, for race and national identity, or the right to personal space and decision-making. What an abominable irony that while all this is so, new barriers are being erected apace to keep out the 'stranger at the gate'.

Much prayer needed.

Thank you, Ken.

It's a deplorable fact of our times that boundaries of every kind have been demolished and overrun with little respect for the functioning of the natural order, for race and national identity, or the right to personal space and decision-making. What an abominable irony that while all this is so, new barriers are being erected apace to keep out the 'stranger at the gate'. Much prayer needed. Thank you, Ken.
Barbara Froman on Friday, 04 March 2016 17:22

Powerful, haunting, and deeply moving. I find it impossible to disregard images like these, the crises behind them....

Powerful, haunting, and deeply moving. I find it impossible to disregard images like these, the crises behind them....
Katherine Gregor on Saturday, 05 March 2016 20:54

Unfortunately, our politicians are now using refugees as ammunition against one another, in order to serve various political/economic interests.

Unfortunately, our politicians are now using refugees as ammunition against one another, in order to serve various political/economic interests.
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