Fences ~ a poem by Rachael Kathleen Hartman

© Rachael Hartman
for My Brother, Jeremy Hartman
March 1, 2014

With barbed wire
Line the entrance to
Keep us safe from attack
While loved ones fight
Far away for freedom
And we wait behind
Living in homes
Built for heroes’ families
Playgrounds, commissary, PX
All there, the card-carrying
Community inside
Rising in rank
To reach the top
The Flag flies, bugles play
Reveille and Retreat
At the center of
Always the sign
Of home away from home
American soil around the world
Always moving, meeting new
Friends, remembering
Old ones waiting by
And one day
No longer a child yet
Still feeling the draw of Green
Hearing calls of cadence
As we are kept out of
Wandering, lost
On the outside, with
No orders and nowhere to go
We search aimlessly
Fit nowhere and
Draw us, call us
Until violence ensues and
We once again are surrounded,
Bound to the security found
On the inside of
With barbed wire
Lining the entrance and
Exit of this new cold place
That keeps the world
From those behind
Towering high
Uniforms of new colors
And chains no longer on necks
Are now on hands and feet
Locking us in and out of
A community of
Criminals with recorded
Histories we know not of but
Now are brothers of the
System built with

Rachael Hartman is an experienced writer and author. She has worked as a full-time newspaper reporter, and as a freelance contributor to magazines. She writes high school Sunday school material for Word Aflame Press as well as lessons for Project 7 (P7) student-led Bible Clubs. She enjoys health and exercise, reading, art, and playing with her two dogs Darla and Danny. She owns Our Written Lives of Hope, an online bookstore and publishing house in which she helps others share the message of the hope of Jesus Christ and promotes holistic health. Check out her web site at www.owlofhope.com and link to her on Facebook.

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