The Wall | [Poetry]

05 Jun


The Wall

A little brick of hate was laid, down into the dirt.

Along with words of callousness, and spite, and wrath, and hurt.

A wall was built that housed mistrust, by someone I loved dear.

It grew in strength, brick by brick, each year it grew in fear.


All I could do was sit and cry, and beg that it’d come down.

But each day mortar, stone, and hate, solidified it with the ground.

I saw the light begin to fade, as it closed against the sky.

I hung my head in deep despair, in hopelessness I cried.


Then one day a dove appeared, against the blackened grey.

It chipped the joints, and broke the bricks, and toppled them away.

It pecked, and chipped, and split the wall, stone by simple stone.

For love and peace had reached a soul, that never the soul had known.


And now a garden there exists, in place of deep despair.

No brokenness, no sadness, no signs of disrepair.

For what was once a wall they made, was used to shut me out.

Love had now transformed through healing, and brought the rampart down.

Walls are tough, man.

I’ve done my own wall making and wall breaking over the years. Erected them when I’m hurt. Angry. Resentful. Deconstructed them when I’m sorry, regretful, and desperate.

Desperate to rebuild that broken relationship from what seems the long ago burnt out embers that blow away into the breeze like little flakes of confetti.

Hardly celebratory though. No, those were sad stories.

Then there’s those relationships whose embers glow, but may never be meant to be reignited. They’re toxic. Poisonous to our soul. They deteriorate us. They hurt us to our core.

Maybe this poem could be an excuse for us to make amends in a broken relationship?






Posted by on 06/05/2016 in Depression, Poetry


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9 responses to “The Wall | [Poetry]

  1. crazysobergirl

    06/07/2016 at 10:28

    Very thought provoking!! Love it!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Advanced Research Technology

    06/06/2016 at 16:37

    Some walls are healthy and some must come down. As long as one is not respected, the wall must stand. But enter peace and love into the antagonist’s heart, and the wall must come down.


  3. gingersnap74

    06/05/2016 at 21:09

    Completely AGREE! I am done giving chance after chance to those that are undeserving. Sorry. May be someone else’s cup of tea to keep going back to toxic relationships but I’ve had my fair share and I’m more peaceful without the drama. Not all relationships are meant to be rebuilt over and over. That’s insanity! Echoing Sass above….that’s MY very loud opinion as well.

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  4. SassaFrassTheFeisty

    06/05/2016 at 20:18

    Hmmmm… Something to ponder about mending broken relationships. Even if it’s toxic, should one really mend it? And if we are the ones that do the forgiving when we weren’t the ones who did the wrong, is there really even a point in mending it at all?

    In MY personal and very loud opinion, I say absolutely not. There is a reason the relationship deteriorated, a reason the walls are put up. When WE are able to set the wrong that happened and we know that we can forgive ourselves, shouldn’t that be plenty enough for us to be peaceful? I have tried and tried with my ex husband, and it will never be enough. So forgiving MYSELF was more important than mending that relationship.

    Food for thought.

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    • Surviving the Specter

      06/06/2016 at 11:10

      I absolutely agree with you both. Toxic relationships should be ended ( That was certainly poor wording on my part. I ended my marriage because it was so toxic yet we tried to reconcile several years later. Ultimately it fell apart again because I felt I was the one who kept trying and trying, like Sass’ said. Too toxic to fix. And going back to that is INSANITY, like Chelise said.

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      • gingersnap74

        06/06/2016 at 11:50

        Marriage. Who doesn’t want to try and fight for that? I know I did. I can completely see where that concept is coming from. To add another layer….it doesn’t always have to be a marriage….for me I’ve found the same toxicity in a parent. A mother to be exact (an issue that few know about and have, for the most part, been sensitive to) and after years of fighting for that relationship I have permanently severed it because I have a limit. DONE. Too abusive. Friendships are the same way. Do they add or take away or drain your life? If so, no sense in it being lopsided. I read your post as RELATIONSHIPS in general therefore that’s how I responded. We all have to do what is right for each of us but as human beings I think we all have a limit and need to salvage our peace at the end of the day.

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        • Surviving the Specter

          06/06/2016 at 11:58

          Yes you’re right Was using my marriage as an example of a toxic relationship. Either way, we each determine the level and length of toxicity we can handle in any relationship.



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