The Walls

By Eric Greinke

You put your solemn

walls together, fitting

solid stones to solid

stones, the grapefruit

size, the basketball

size & the occasional

overripe pumpkin.  The

ubiquitous baseballs are

small enough to hurl

through enemy windows,

large enough to do some

real damage.  The biggest

stones are difficult to

move, as heavy as empty

rooms.  They each have a

special place in the

long argument of your

humble walls.  They fit

together as one solid

thought on the established

border between two neighbors.




Eric Greinke‘s most recent books are Poets In Review and Zen Duende – Collaborative Poems (with Glenna Luschei).   His collaborative poem, Lone Bones (from Zen Duende, published originally in Forge 9.2), has received a 2017 Pushcart Prize. His work has been published in The Aurorean, California Quarterly, The Delaware Poetry Review, Gargoyle, Ginyu (Japan), The Green Door (Belgium), The Hurricane Review, The Journal (UK), Main Street Rag, New York Quarterly, Paterson Literary Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Poem, Prosopisia (India), Schuylkill Valley Journal, The South Carolina Review, The University of Tampa Review, and many others.

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