Four Poems Shared as a Reflection by Carolfrances

Four Poems by Carolfrances Likins 
Reflection • June 20th, 2014
watching the wall
 
walls built by them
through the middle of us
are not built to protect us from us,
but to protect them
from our coming to realize that
we
are
an
us.
 
walls between enemies might be shields
but walls
between people and their land,
between people and their water,
between people and their neighbors,
between people and the sunset,
are not meant to be shields
but
swords.
 
walls make poor shields
if they create more
enemies.
 
walls meant to divide must
unite us:
this wall
must
fall.
I wrote “Watching the Wall” in 2004 after my first trip to Palestine, in the West Bank. Actually, I the poem started forming itself in my mind while I was there, watching the wall being built by the Israelis in the middle of a boulevard in a Palestinian town. Years later, back at home:
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A Remembrance of Vincent Harding

Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace (ICUJP) joins all those committed to building a more just and peaceful world in mourning the death of Dr. Vincent Harding on May 19, 2014. Current ICUJP Board Member and former Chairperson Rev. Louis Chase has prepared a beautiful tribute to Dr. Harding on behalf of ICUJP.

Photo of Vincent Harding

Vincent Harding

By Louis A. Chase, OSL

Pastor, Magnolia Park United Methodist Church

Burbank, California

The world mourns the loss of a giant, Dr. VIncent Harding, who died on May 19, 2014 at age 82.He was known by many people as a theologian, peace activist, teacher, author, visionary, Civil Rights campaigner and a close associate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Vincent Harding I knew was a man of few words, fiery, intellectual brilliance, a follower of Jesus, passionate about defending the poor and committed to the path of justice. He lived his life as he preached simple, poetic and hopeful. He remained just outside the limelight of fame, bending history and shaping the moral contours of our social discourse on issues of freedom, justice and peace.

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