Walls and Rain


Once upon a time,

beyond a wall,

it didn’t rain every day.

The sun shone and people played.

On the other side,

there was no rain at all,

and people died.


The voice above all walls,

sent a plea to share the rain,

to right the balance wrongly formed, 

to save the pain of young and old.



The people on the sunny side, distracted for a while,

heard the voice, understood the plight

of those unfortunate dried up tribes, 

and it was quite horrible to see,

so they built a higher wall, 

to save their sight.


Something must be done, 

said the voice above all walls.

The people on the sunny side have denied the right to life

for all.

And it rained for ever more.


The people moaned and cried,

began to slide in mud and slime to the other side,

were horrified to find no rain at all, 

none to drink, 

none for anything.


The voice above all walls

was truly saddened beyond belief.

No need for walls, just open doors,

came the whisper to the few, 

and a people chain was formed,

to spread the word and link the world.

they way they used to do.

And they all gave thanks for water

when it rained

About maskednative

I live in Ireland, in an extended cottage overlooking Waterford Estuary, privvy to constant changes of light on water, colour and movement, tides and people. I am anglo-Irish and although my initial intention was to live here for a year and a day, I am still here, a blow-in to these shores for the past fifteen years. There have been countless times when I wanted to run back to England with homesickness and relief, but for one reason or another, so far, it has not been possible. I surrender, the soul of Ireland has captured me, allowed a glimpse of the world behind the mask of everyday experiences, bringing forth a mixture of words and pictures from an ordinary everyday life, filled with ordinary everydayness that I offer as a celebration, to the creator of this truly wonderful planet.
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