The Truth About People Building Bridges & Walls

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There’s a time for everything;

A time to make up and time to break up;

A time to walk towards and time to walk away;

A time to take a joke and a time to take things seriously;

A time to play nice and a time to be straightforward;

A time to act emotional and a time to be rational;

A time to share the news and a time to keep to oneself;

A time to build walls and a time to build bridges;

We all put up walls around us to keep out certain people

And sentiments from contaminating us from the inside;

And we create bridges to let in the right people and atmosphere;

But what if we are putting walls where we need to put bridges;

And bridges where we should put up walls?

What happens when we get the timing wrong?


As much as we are expected to live at peace with all men;

We need to be wary of the people around us;

The same people who bring us joy and laughter;

Can cause us sorrow and tears;

Know when to open the door to love;

And shut it to hate and bitterness;


Don’t make your walls permanent;

Because you would need to pull them down;

At one point in time to step out and to let in;

Neither make your bridges open all the time;

Lest you find yourself at the mercy;

Of any poison looking for accommodation;


Create a door on your wall;

And lead it to the bridge;

To be in charge of your own happiness;

You have to determine who and what you let in;


Are you well-structured and secured;

In your personal space?

Or do you constantly find yourself;

Struggling to keep sane?

Then you have some building to do.


© Josephine Amoako 2016


14 Comments Add yours

  1. Bridges bridges bridges! Our ability to build them would define our elevations or limitations.Well written.Cheers

    Liked by 1 person

    1. joseyphina says:

      Very true, Roland. Thanks for reading ☺


  2. Nayana Nair says:

    Beautiful poem 🙂 Loved it

    Liked by 1 person

    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks! I’m glad you did, Nayana 😊

      Liked by 1 person

    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks for passing by, Eben ☺


    1. joseyphina says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed it😊

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Andreas Nicolai says:

    Loved the poem! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks! I’m glad you did, Andreas. ☺

      Liked by 1 person

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