Walls! Fascinating walls!
Different textures, colours, sizes
Conveying different feelings
And countless thoughts

Brick walls enclosing the lives of elites
Cemented walls protecting cozy lives
Marble walls with pearls engraved Exposing accumulated wealth saved

Mud walls with cow dung smeared
Worn out and dilapidated
Protecting tired labourers
From heat or cold or rains

Nailed walls bearing framed paintings
Hiding constructors toil and blood
Shining with ecstatic designs
Arranged by Mason’s daily wagers

But even China’s great Wall
Couldn’t save Qin dynasty fall
Berlin Wall had to crumble
Bowing to Germans will

Gramsci’s writings
Percolated through prison walls
Mandela’s struggles
Seeped through Stony walls

Like benevolent guide
Walls help infants
Stand and take a stride
With joy and confidence

Walls may stall
Movement of humans
But they cannot stop at all
Spread of thoughts and ideas

Sheshu Babu is a writer from anywhere and everywhere


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