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  Berlin Wall (1961-1989)
by Alan Cook
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Rated "G" by the Author.

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Watch and listen to a Berlin Wall graffiti animated version by Reallusion on YouTube.

Over and under and through the Wall they came,

parched with a thirst they couldn't quench.

Tunneling, flying, leaping, crawling, hidden

in car seats and carts, determined to wrench

themselves free from tyranny's stench.


Oppressed, tortured, imprisoned, shot—

still the thirsty would not could not be denied.

The spring of freedom beckoned, so close, so far;

yards, feet, nay inches away they died—

and friends and loved ones cried.


Some made it! a baby hidden in a bag in a cart;

desperate men who leapt on a moving train;

a hollow car seat, tunnels, boats,

a makeshift glider, balloon and plane;

putting an end to the thirst and pain.


And then one day, one wonderful day,

they hammered and shattered and tore down the Wall!

Thirsting, singing, shouting, laughing, hugging,

chunk by chunk they watched it fall—

and the terrible thirst was quenched for all.





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Reviewed by Regis Schilken 3/7/2011
The shattering of that way spelled the doom for many a government.

Reviewed by Steve Joos 3/31/2009
Thanks for reminding us of those who braved enormous odds to be free and also for reminding us of wonderful day now almost 20 yers ago.
Reviewed by Connie Faust 3/1/2009
An amazing, long-prayed-for day! Your commemorative poem is full of life and longing, and then the victory! Thanks for sharing.
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle 2/24/2009
Great poem,take care

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