Unwilling To Question

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub - Prosery  (posted by Merrill)
"Of Houses, Walls, and Whistling Winds"

"I was browsing through Brainpickings, and I came across a poem by Liesel Mueller. I’ve selected this sentence:
 “there is nothing behind the wall
 except a space where the wind whistles”
 from “Drawings By Children” by Lisel Mueller"

Following the erection of a stone
wall by order of town's mayor,
people were puzzled.  Why was it
built on the outskirts of their
lovely town–a town filled with greenery,
scenery–a myriad of color as birds
sang flying from one tree to another.
Humans and animals alike could not scale
the wall.  Townspeople spoke among themselves,
but never broached the subject in
town meetings.

Time rushed in.  The elderly died out,
and a new generation populated the town.
They were perplexed by the wall, still
standing with cracks blemishing the facade.
Decision to dismantle it was unanimous.
Everyone took part.  As the wall toppled,
people stared.  "What was the reasoning
for this?" asked one.  "There is nothing
behind the wall except a space where the
wind whistles." 


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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4 Responses to Unwilling To Question

  1. merrildsmith says:

    So many are afraid to question. Here’s to toppling walls!


  2. Dora says:

    Some times it takes a new generation to undo the mistakes of the old. What I like this parabolic tale is that it makes us wonder why we accept things without question, without looking to see what’s “behind the wall.” Enjoyed reading, Purple Pen 💞


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