Deborah L. Humphreys

who

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when

who gives

what

and

when

who gives

anyone

where

then

where becomes us all

but not equally, each

where becomes how

we live

face across picket

fences and defiant

against wind

over churning seas

leaving us

why

we cast fences around

ourselves

like mesh

giving us

just us

enough room

for

discomfort

statueliberty2.jpg

Photo taken by the poet before the construction of Liberty State Park around 1973.