Barriers vs. Walls

By Jack Riordan

March 14, 2017

Borders Versus Barriers


Birds don’t know - nor the winds slow,

Animals big and small go to and fro

Seeds, bugs, and germs pass through

As do men some who carry contraband

For my willing many buying  drugs.

Are your sellers more wrong than my buyers?

Others pass to get low pay, hard, dirty jobs

Mine will not take these demeaning jobs.

Are poor workers wrong or the greedy bosses?

 Its only men who know these drawn blue lines,

That determine what is mine not yours and

Who gets or pays works both ways.

 If I build a high wall on the drawn blue line,

And create other barriers to keep out

Your drugs, your poor workers and

All those who do not look or pray like me,

Because I think they might hurt my friends,

Will I also keep out those who could benefit me,

Even deer and antelope who only want to play?

Wait - one minute, aren`t these the lands

We Stole from the original Americans,


Or lands taken by force from the Mexicans.

The very lands that made some very rich

By slaves we stole from African homes?

But its OK we`re White

That makes it Right.

Or does it?


“Tear down this Wall”

 Ronald Reagan

The Cat Lady's Apprentice Archive
« Back to The Cat Lady's Apprentice

Ohio Conference of Community Development Public Service Scholarship

Learn More

The scholarship program was established by OCCD to honor two men who dedicated their careers to Public Service. 

Like to make a donation?
Click Here


Upcoming Events

  • OCCD 2019 Summer Annual Meeting

    OCCD 2019 Summer Annual Meeting
    Jul 24, 2019
  • Determining Income and Allowances Training

    A fundamental component of using housing grant funds effectively is ensuring they target eligible households. Participants will learn how to effectively use the two definitions for annual income in Section 92.203 of the HOME Program Final Rule
    Sep 25, 2019
  • HOME Written Agreements

    A one day training covering the HOME requirements for written agreements.
    Oct 29, 2019
  • OCCD 2019 Fall Meeting

    OCCD 2019 Fall Meeting Embassy Suites, Corporate Exchange Drive, Columbus, Ohio October 30-31, 2019
    Oct 30, 2019