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Chant Walls Down with Song[1]

The Country was made without Lines of Demar-

Cation – and it is No man’s Business to Divide it[2]

By Building his Wall – he Challenged my Strength[3]

These Walls are Levelled – and the Unquiet Echoes can finally Take Wing[4]

There shall not be left here one Stone upon another that will not be Thrown Down[5]

When All Boundaries are Lost – the Country reverts to its Ancient Shape[6]

Those who have No Fence around their land have No Enemies[7]

When we Dream Beautiful Dreams – we Breach all Borders[8]

While Borders still Stand we are all in Prehistory ­­–

Real History will Start when All Borders are Gone[9]

Our Border now is No Line between Two Hills –

But the Line our Planet makes in circling the Sun[10]

[1] Suheir Hammad, Break (Embargo)

[2] Heinmot Tooyalaket, An Indian’s View of Indian Affairs

[3] Rita Hsiao, Chris Sanders, Philip LaZebnik, Raymond Singer, Eugenia Bostwick-Singer, Mulan

[4] J.M. Coetzee, Waiting for the Barbarians

[5] Matthew 24:2 (King James)

[6] Virginia Woolf,Mrs. Dalloway

[7] Burundi proverb

[8] Mahmoud Darwish tr. Munir Akash & Carolyn Forché, Mural

[9] Yevgeny Yevtushenko tr. Antonina W. Bouis & Albert C. Todd, On Borders

[10] Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness

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