The Border of Your Heart by Patricia Hamilton

is patrolled by a tiny figure
goose-stepping back and forth,
bayonet poised to jab
at anyone deemed
undesirable, dispensable:
anyone not exactly like you.

The unscalable black fence
around your mind
is wrought from rigid iron
topped with spikes
designed to keep out
any thought not your own.

What you don’t realize:
that angry muscle at your core,
that clenched fist
pumping relentlessly
to the endless beat of blame,
is dying

all the faster
from your frantic efforts
to block out compassion.
Know this: no wall
can secure your heart
from itself.