Great BritainPoemsSarah Moles Lyall

Walls

Sarah Moles Lyall

Edinburgh, Scotland

 

In Berlin I discover borders
overcome, overturned, undermined.
As the ’89 woodpeckers knew,
walls cannot last forever
when people strive to be together.
In my German class dividing lines
between ‘expat’, ‘migrant’, ‘refugee’
disappear; in our mistakes
all are one. Together we sidestep
imperialism, colonialism, globalism
and find common ground in our
new common language.

 

Sarah Lyall (29)

is a social researcher who is enthused by citizen-led decision-making and concerned about social division. She moved to Berlin to learn German and understand social policy from a fresh perspective.