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The Walls of Jericho…

So the people shouted when [the priests] blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.
Joshua 6:20

For innumerable reasons, we build walls around us,
The kind of walls that keep those around us at arm’s length,
Why?
We fear being misunderstood, we fear being mocked, we fear being ostracized, ridiculed, left out, the list is long and arduous…,
So, we become expert wall-builders,
The proverbial Fort Knox has nothing on some of us man,
Women are not so much into this as men are[please, of course god knows, women do it too, anyhow, men are more intense wall-builders]…

I was watching one of my favourite TV shows, ‘Parenthood’ when I noticed tears just streaming down my face,
Tears for a life that feels like it lost its way somewhere along its long journey,
Tears for a life that has so many regrets,
Tears for a life that still wants to experience so much more,
But, most of all, tears for a life that’s well and securely hidden and closely guarded by its ‘walls of Jericho’,
Tears for a life that wants to come out of hiding,
And bloom like a desert flower after the first rains of summer…

This, of course, got me thinking…,
Why am I still behind my walls of Jericho?
During the rare times when I open up and let the ‘tourists’ get a ‘whiff’ of the authentic me, people close to me look at me as if they’ve just seen me for the first time, and all kinds of accolades come rushing at me,
Whether it’s a speech I’ve just given,
A dance I’ve just danced,
A book I’ve just published,
An invalid I helped leave their chair forever[using naturopathy, my beloved profession, please no televangelist healings here, though, bless them who do that too, why not?],
And yet, and yet,
I immediately go back into hiding…

I don’t want to do that anymore,
I’m tired of hiding,
I want to commune with my fellows,
I want to ‘come out and play’,
I want to be me,
I want my walls of Jericho to come crashing down and stay down,
I want to push my shoulders back, straighten up, look the world in the eye,
And say:-
‘Hi, world, here I am and this is what I want!!! Anyone for a spot of Earl-grey tea?’
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Posted: Nov 2013

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Comments (14)

darkhorse555
excellent piece of writing really loved the vision used jericho myself some time back angel
Poetnumber1
Thank you for sharing your wonderful thoughts here once more Earl. I really enjoyed reading this tonight.
beautifulyou
'Tears for a life that wants to come out of hiding,
And bloom like a desert flower after the first rains of summer…'


To the desert flower,
to the knowing of beautiful you wine


Your tears have blessed your prayer,
your tears have blessed you Earlgrey
morgen90210
nice one Earl.
thank you for sharing
Serenity4two
grin yes please , spot of milk , no sugar thankyou coffee
Another wonderful piece of writing EGT from you - your words are a joy to read - warm regards -F handshake wine
Macduff5
Hi EGT,
A lovely analogy. It is true that we are inclined to putting up walls. Breaking them down can be a scary but also invigorating experience. I enjoyed the read and the message. cheers
gnj4u
Hi, Earlgreytea,
Tears will be replaced by passion for a life that still wants to experience so much more... when The Walls of Jericho… come down. Anyone for a spot of Earl-grey tea? I must say, I love its bergamot as well as the narrator's insightful I want to messages. Thanks for sharing.
Earlgreytea
darkhorse555 donegal, Donegal Ireland
Fri Nov 8, 2013 11:34 PM
excellent piece of writing really loved the vision used jericho myself some time back angel


Poetnumber1 St James Trinidad and Tobago
Sat Nov 9, 2013 2:46 AM
Thank you for sharing your wonderful thoughts here once more Earl. I really enjoyed reading this tonight.


beautifulyou Fairfield, Connecticut USA
Sat Nov 9, 2013 3:30 AM
'Tears for a life that wants to come out of hiding,
And bloom like a desert flower after the first rains of summer…'


To the desert flower,
to the knowing of beautiful you wine


Your tears have blessed your prayer,
your tears have blessed you Earlgrey


Thanks for your very kind comments folks,
love and light...
Odette67
We fear being misunderstood, we fear being mocked, we fear being ostracized, ridiculed, left out, the list is long and arduous…,
So, we become expert wall-builders,

Dear E.G.T,

The above words could have written for me. My family and friends don't know the real me, they don't even know how I pour my heart out in my poems, I can open up writing poetry here where people don't judge me.

Thank you once again for your very inspiring words. hug purple heart
hedistuff
Yet another terrific write friend. Fear has and will always cancel out rationality. As humans, we all use it to grant sway. Even those sworn to act on our behalf too often use it to further their own ends. I view humanity as merely only another failed species. Fifty years ago, there arose a spark of hope for our kind but it has been quickly quashed and things seem only to become more desperate with each new day. However, I would just love to share some tea and conversation with you. Then I might feel as though it were 1962 again...plus the fact that you are great fun.
Fellsman
Hi Earl

Not being a tea drinker, a coffee would be fine: wink As always - a most elegantly penned observation of your fellow humans. I certainly erect walls, walls which in my case are always far too easily breached and thus require very little by way of tearing down.

This fragility does of course leave me vulnerable to the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune... but what the Hell, I have my health and a certain amount of my sanity intact, so instead of having a moan I will simply count my blessings.

It's always a pleasure to read your thoughts, dear Earl.

Felicitations

Bill wine wine
Earlgreytea
3 comments from 3 'giants' on this corner...

Odette67 Penrith, Cumbria, England UK
Sun Nov 10, 2013 10:00 PM
We fear being misunderstood, we fear being mocked, we fear being ostracized, ridiculed, left out, the list is long and arduous…,
So, we become expert wall-builders,

Dear E.G.T,

The above words could have written for me. My family and friends don't know the real me, they don't even know how I pour my heart out in my poems, I can open up writing poetry here where people don't judge me.

Thank you once again for your very inspiring words. hug purple heart

Thank you dear Odette, may the real you always blossom...


hedistuff sand fork, West Virginia USA
Sun Nov 10, 2013 10:25 PM
Yet another terrific write friend. Fear has and will always cancel out rationality. As humans, we all use it to grant sway. Even those sworn to act on our behalf too often use it to further their own ends. I view humanity as merely only another failed species. Fifty years ago, there arose a spark of hope for our kind but it has been quickly quashed and things seem only to become more desperate with each new day. However, I would just love to share some tea and conversation with you. Then I might feel as though it were 1962 again...plus the fact that you are great fun.

Hey dear Hedi,
sooo nice to hear from you! I need you to know that I feel totally the same about you my unique friend, one day, we will have that cup of tea..., either i will come or how about you visiting us here? we got lots of sunshine and hospitality,
love and light...

Fellsman Lake District, Cumbria, England UK
Sun Nov 10, 2013 11:43 PM
Hi Earl

Not being a tea drinker, a coffee would be fine: wink As always - a most elegantly penned observation of your fellow humans. I certainly erect walls, walls which in my case are always far too easily breached and thus require very little by way of tearing down.

This fragility does of course leave me vulnerable to the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune... but what the Hell, I have my health and a certain amount of my sanity intact, so instead of having a moan I will simply count my blessings.

It's always a pleasure to read your thoughts, dear Earl.

Felicitations

Bill wine wine

dearest Bill, we're only 4 hours away by plane, surely we can organize something for that coffee, eh? Much love to you dear kindred spirit, till then Vaya Con Dios!!!
trurorobonline today!
Wise words from a wise man, we all have walls of one kind or another, I suppose I broke down mine in my poem "Domain".
Rob
Earlgreytea
Hey there Rob, thank you for your precious encouragement! I've been away from the site for a long while, working, lol..., the only reason. I want to find some time to get reacquainted with you all, one step at a time. Thanks also to all the dear poets who keep writing such wonderfully encouraging feedback and I'm sorry that I have been so amiss in acknowledging all you precious souls!
Love and light gals and guys! teddybear
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