Poetry 112: Walls by Oswald Mbuyiseni Mtshali

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Man is
a great wall builder –
the Berlin Wall
the Wailing Wall of Jerusalem –
but the wall
most impregnable
has a moat
flowing with fright
around his heart.

A wall without windows
for the spirit
to breeze through

A wall without a door
for love to walk in

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About Barry Daniel

I live in the Lake District in the UK where I run a guesthouse with my partner Kate and my cat Manuel. I enjoy painting, hillwalking, reading, visiting and entertaining friends, T’ai Chi and playing the guitar. I’m engaged to a certain degree in the local community, as a volunteer with Samaritans and I’m a fairly active member of the local Green party. I’ve had a relatively intuitive sense of the Middle Way most of my adult life but it found a greater articulation and a practical direction through joining the society. It’s also been interesting and great fun engaging with other people with a similar outlook. My main contribution to the society is conducting the podcast interviews, something that gives me a lot of satisfaction and that I’ve learnt a lot from.

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