PHOENIX RISING JULY P.A.D. TRAVELOG – DESTINATION: POETRY (GREAT WALL OF CHINA)

Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China to protect the Chinese states and empires against the raids and invasions of the various nomadic groups of the Eurasian Steppe. Several walls were being built as early as the 7th century bc; these, later joined together and made bigger and stronger, are now collectively referred to as the Great Wall. Especially famous is the wall built 220–206 BC by Qin Shihuang, the first Emperor of China. Little of that wall remains. Since then, the Great Wall has on and off been rebuilt, maintained, and enhanced; the majority of the existing wall is from the Ming Dynasty.

When China opened its borders to foreign merchants and visitors after its defeat in the First and Second Opium Wars, the Great Wall became a main attraction for tourists. The travelogues of the later 19th century further enhanced the reputation and the mythology of the Great Wall, such that in the 20th century, a persistent misconception exists about the Great Wall of China being visible from the Moon or even Mars.

But it is visible in many images and depictions. Think of being “walled” in, going over the wall, walking on top of the wall, anything that the Great Wall of China inspires should be written and shared.

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19 thoughts on “PHOENIX RISING JULY P.A.D. TRAVELOG – DESTINATION: POETRY (GREAT WALL OF CHINA)

  1. Lost in an Old Silence

    quiet settles
    along the wall.
    falls like moonlight
    white as frost.
    lost in footfall,
    ancient wall.
    quiet, silence,
    to bind your breach.

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  2. […] by Phoenix Rising Day 18: Great Wall of China. image is from Flickr Common Collection, British Archive. No copyright or restriction […]

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  4. Great Wall of China

    Stone, brick, wood and earth
    strong beast of border – Great Wall
    crawls quiet east-to-west.

    Copyright © Hannah Gosselin 2015

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  5. FEEL FREE

    Marcel Marceau never saw walls,
    he feigned containment. Hands
    reaching, feeling, searching.
    A panicked face comes to
    a screeching halt. To vault over
    the wall would call for faith
    that it’s there. Dare to be free.
    See past your self-imposed cell.
    You’ll do well to feel free,
    and not feel walls!

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  6. July 18 – The Great Wall

    My bro walked on it
    Copperfield walked right through it
    I’ve never seen it

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  7. Stone Mason

    I built a wall around you to
    keep you safe to
    protect you
    from imagined dangers
    I built it longer –
    others could look but
    not touch your beauty or
    feel your tenderness
    could not hear the song in
    your soul or taste the
    lusciousness of you
    I built it higher –
    you withered
    you grew suspicious
    and held your secrets close
    I built a wall around you and
    you seeped out through
    fissures cleft by time
    until my wall crumbled
    and you began to thrive

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  8. FORTIFIED VANITIES

    Why do we build
    Walls
    Great and fortified
    Proceeding
    To satisfy
    Our need
    Of self-boundary
    Extending
    East to west
    Built to last
    Any test
    Withstand
    Any desiring army
    Until their final
    Breath
    When
    Invasion
    Is inevitable?

    Benjamin Thomas

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  9. Building a Wall

    She started with a few pebbles,
    not enough protection. Over years
    she collected stones, rocks, bricks,
    until she had sufficient materials
    for building her wall. Nothing
    could touch her now. Her armor
    was complete. She could not envision
    that she would meet someone
    determined to chip away
    no matter how long it took.

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  10. connielpeters

    Walls

    Keeping people in
    Keeping people out
    Imposing, strong
    Longing for a time
    When there’s no need for
    walls.

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