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This poem is taken from Poetry Nation 6 Number 6, 1976.

Two Poems James Aitchinson


WALL

The children come and go; they always knew
the wall keeps nothing out or in or up.
I built it as a way of getting through
a problem and around an awkward gap.
After the beech hedge and the lattice fence,
I gave demolished stone another chance.

And though it wasn't meant to keep things out,
it takes the rough edge off the north-west gales;
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