The Wall

“When there is no enemy within the enemy outside cannot hurt you.”…African proverb.

The Wall

When they tried to knock down the old house, first
They left a shell; then, on the second attempt
They left this wall: since then, nothing. It was
Then I decided to move back in here.
True, it’s hard when it rains, and when it’s cold
The wind fair whistles through the place; and when
It’s Winter I have to huddle against the wall
So I can barely keep warm. It was during
One of these episodes that I first noticed
Him. It was the humming that first gave Him
Away. Humming through MY wall, if you please.
The first time I kept awake all night, but
He never made another sound; only once
Just as I began to nod, He started to
Snore. I soon put a stop to that by banging
On the wall. The coward! He went silent
Immediately; that proves He was up to
No good. Then, a few nights later when I
Was awake with a hacking cough, guess what?
He had to stay awake too, just so He
Could make fun of me by imitating me.
That was when I made my decision: He
Had to die…and the sooner the better.
I spent the next few weeks planning as to
Exactly how I would do it. I thought of
Various weapons: mostly knives, but, you see,
That would have meant LEAVING the wall, and that
Of course, was out of the question. No, something
Else entirely was called for. And then it struck
Me: the wall had to come down, and He would
Be buried beneath it. And so that is
What I did. I pulled it down right on top
Of Him.
And as I lay here now, badly bleeding
And close to death, I know it is well worth it
To have beaten Him at last!

The Wall


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