We spend our lives

and energies building

these well-engineered

walls around each other,

to separate us, to confine

and to control,

to keep out,

protect and keep in.


These walls are engineered

as beautifully as a skyscraper

or a dam holding back the tide,

and admired in their ingenuity.


But these walls of stuff

material and immaterial

hold us in and keep us

from each other,

and even keep us

from ourselves.