Building Blocks

I stand tall
when children pour me and my comrades
on the floor
then they begin to stack us
one and two and three upon another
to the right
to the left

Our ancestors can be found in China
some are wailing in the Middle East
some were removed from Berlin

Generations of us are pock marked by bullets
some are gently intertwined with our cousin barbed wire

A garden wall can be beautiful
a ball hit over the left field wall
a delight

Walls of separation can build a nation

Separation walls can weaken a nation
with liberty and justice for all”

Paul Cech has been writing poetry since 1970. Several of his poems have been published as Saturday Poems in the Pittsburgh- Post Gazette and the Thomas Merton Center of Pittsburgh has published several of his poems in NewPeople. Read other articles by Paul.