My Jericho

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Each hurt, a stone; each imperfection,

mortar for the walls. They rise up

like Babel, to the sky, surrounding

my heart like barbed wire fences.


I pile on more mortar, lug more stones;

I try to make a garden out of prison walls.

This stone facade is me–it’s not! but

here I am alone inside my Jericho.


The raindrops fall like cannonballs,

breaking down the walls. They crumble,

like crackers underfoot. My stronghold

decimated, I stand vulnerable yet free.


The walls masquerading as safety,

really a cage. It wasn’t me;

the light shines better through

a broken wall, anyway.


My Jericho

© Whitney L. Schwartz 2015

As seen in The Cresset magazine, Vol. 78, No. 4, Easter 2015

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