When was the last time you crossed a border?
Did you like what you found on the other side?
Was it adventurous, exciting, strange or even frightening?
I live close to the borders of both France and Switzerland, so for me, crossing borders has become daily routine. I cross them without even thinking about it – and on the other side, there is another culture to discover, sometimes another language, sometimes a whole new world and I need open eyes to see the beauty.
The most difficult border I’ve ever crossed was in Berlin, from West to East Germany – same nation, same language but a whole world separated us.
Then of course there are those borders, more or less invisible, borders between peoplewho think in a different way than we do, who live their life in ways we can or want not understand and we may find it difficult to connect to them or even accept them.
Or borders built like walls around ourselves because someone has hurt or disappointed us.
For most of us, crossing borders is not easy, it needs bravery to set our feet into a land, unknown, to relate to people who don’t speak our language and behave in ways we may find strange.
For this week’s Poetics, let’s cross some borders with our pens..
Write a poem about real or imagined borders, borders between countries or relationships, borders you would love to cross some day, or borders you have crossed and should’ve never, borders in every way you can think of…
Here’s how it works…
- Write your poem
- Post it on your blog
- Click the Mr. Linky button below, and in the new window that opens up input your name and direct url of the poem.
- Visit others who have taken the challenge.
- Have fun, crossing borders