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Great Wall
By Lloyd Lofthouse   

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This wall has stood for more than two thousand years and the total length of all of the wall's segments is more than four thousand miles.

 
Futility!

About four hundred BC,
The first stone for China’s
Four thousand mile symbol,
The Great Wall,
Was shaped and set in place
By people wanting to be left alone.

It’s ironic how many died
Building  stone barriers against
Violence and uncertainty.

Confucius; Buddha; Taoism
All helped place that stone
Desired by hundreds of emperors
Blind to reality;
Writing poetry;
Painting water colors
On rice paper,
The engine that drove
Building a wall
That seldom protected.

In the fourth century,
Barbarians took
China’s north.

When the seventh century arrived,
So did Tibetan people,
The Tanguit.
The Tang Dynasty dealt with that,
But the threat never vanished
Since Mao brought it back in 1951.

The Jurchen of Manchuria
Made an appearance during
The twelfth century
Followed by Mongols
Becoming the Yuan Dynasty.

The Ming Dynasty ousted the Yung—
Repairing and adding to the Great Wall
While explorers sailed mighty ships
Into the world
Trading;
Making maps of discovery,
Not conquest,
Until a new emperor
Afraid of the outside
Closed the door.

Bribery and trickery by the Manchu
Passing through the wall like hungry ghosts
During the seventeenth century
Put an end to the Ming.

The nineteenth century
Introduced a hundred years of war.
Taiping;  Britain; France; Germany; Japan.
Blood soaked the earth
And millions died.

Today, China’s great wall
Has become ‘education and science’
Along with space walks
And future moon shots
Supported by a modern
Army, navy and air force.

America once felt the
Pacific and Atlantic
Were its two great walls
Offering protection
From distant enemies.
World War I;
Word War II
and 9/11 ended that fantasy
Leading to Bush wars.

In China, paying tourists
Chinese and foreign,
Visit segments of the Great Wall
Climbing steep steps;
Snapping digital pictures.

After more than two thousand years,
The Great Wall serves a purpose
Leading to peace—
Not war.

“One should seek serenity to cultivate the body,
thriftiness to cultivate the morals.
Seeking fame and wealth will not lead to noble ideal.
Only by seeking serenity will one reach far.” -
Zhugeliang
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"My Splendid Concubine is packed cover to cover with intriguing characters and plot, a must read for historical fiction fans and a fine addition to any collection on the genre." Midwest Book Review, May 8, 2008

 

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