B o r d e r s

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Borders                                            

When does a river become a sea
the sweet water turn salty,
does it just flow and mingle?
Mingle in harmony,

How does a mountain become,
yours or mine, his or hers,
is it not always just its mighty self?
Part of the Earth, the wind, the Universe.

So tell me, how can we put borders
on mountains, in rivers and the sea,
How can we draw lines on the ocean,
on mighty mountains lay claim?

How can we, with impudence
Claim the Whole for ourselves

© miriam ivarson

Tor Heyerdahl quote

43 thoughts on “B o r d e r s

  1. Wow! You capture with sublime poetry the idiocy and arrogance of man – to lay claim to the impossible! ‘The Whole’ as you so aptly say, is just that, a whole, not to be divided, should never be the source of wars, which it so often has been and still is the source of so much sadness and sorrow. With your ethereal words you allow us experience the harmony of the whole … thank you for this thoughtful and reflective start to my day. Xx

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    • Annika, your response is just wonderful and give more than I could with the
      poem. I am so overjoyed that you shared the meaning of the words so
      easily within your heart. A great honour. Xx

      May we share this beautiful planet with greatness of our hearts and not smallness of mind.
      Miriam

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  2. Thought provoking as usual Miriam. I feel that borders are not only physical but something that we place around ourselves for some reasons and to varying degrees depending on situations. I do think however that as you get older you don’t worry about imaginary borders so much. Life is too short by then. If only the same applies to physical borders. But that is a completely different and potentially emotive subject.
    Mike

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    • Thanks for your great response Mike. How right you are about us placing
      borders around our own inner self and often present a workable facade.
      There are times when that protection is needed but how much more fun it is
      to be free and open.
      As to the borders placed during history and its wars you are right, a highly emotive subject. We have to know what define us. We might have forgotten ….🌎.
      Miriam

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    • Carrie, warm thanks for your kind response. I am really so glad that
      this post did reach the heart of you and my questions to some extent also became yours.
      I like your phrase ‘ ours to commandeer ‘.

      Miriam

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  3. Poetry does an amazing job arguing this point that simple words can’t. Nicely done, Miriam. I’m even tempted to tell the Vatican to remove their walls! (I’m Catholic–the Pope will listen to me).

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    • Thank you Jaqui for your kind comment. I guess the very essence of a poem
      is what you can say concisely and without so many words. Like a spot light instead of flood lights.
      Yes you have a word with the Pope, after all he is representing his people.
      Miriam

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  4. Thank you Rosaliene, I am glad you felt so. ❤️
    Have you noticed that strong experiences can stay dormant for a long while and then crop up – just like that.
    So it was for me. One was when I stood watching the mountains you see at my top picture, the other was when I crossed the Atlantic Ocean from England to America. Awesome feelings that gave all these and more questions as well as tears seeing their beauty and strength.

    Miriam

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    • Roland, you honour me with the clarity and strength of your comment.
      Thank you. I smile at your expression ” man’s supreme idiocy ” , we have to be supreme at something. 😉 . We do rather overrate our importance in the face of Nature’s force.

      Miriam

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  5. I like your exploration of borders in a subtle preparation for the question we all need to revisit: on what basis can we bar people from migrating to safe liveable places on this planet?

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    • Thank you Janice for your thoughtful response. Yes, I do ask many
      questions in this relatively short poem. One could of course ask what caused
      people to migrate from the place they had their lives. Trace back all the way.

      The answer to your question you know as well as I and it isn’t pretty.

      Have a peaceful Sunday my friend

      Miriam

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      • Your comment makes me think that there should be more friendly interest in the lives of people who come to our borders besides the legal formalities…but historically, welcoming committees for ‘strangers’ hasn’t been common unfortunately.

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  6. Humanity San Frontiers. What an aspiration to have! Beautifully put, and another brick removed from “civilisation’s” attempt to wall itself in. If anyone can change this world, it won’t be the politicians. It will be the dreamers, the poets, painters, musicians and dancers. Some favourite words from a favourite group: “No man has a right to the mountains; no more than the deep ocean bed” Keep removing those bricks, Miriam.

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    • Thank you for your beautiful and thoughtful response Peter. In particular I like
      your line : ” . It will be the dreamers, the poets, painters, musicians and dancers. “. Who will lead a change. Although the change has to be in every man’s heart.
      How true your quote is too and I have heard this before.

      Miriam

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  7. Profound words, Miriam. Unfortunately man is embroiled in the trivials of division and borders rather than acknowledging and revering the whole! As always your poetry conveys food for thought! Loved the quote too!

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  8. Radhika, thanks for your beautiful comment. I love Tor Heyerdahl’s quote too,
    he did travel a lot by sea. Sadly all these disputes kills and maims a frightening number of children and innocents every day.

    miriam

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  9. Well done, Miriam! In these days of so much contention, it’s good to remember that nature knows no boundaries except those between differing climates/environments, and those are gradual, not hard lines. It’d be nice if we all could cross the boundary and shake hands with our neighbors. Have a great week!

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    • Thank you Julie for your warm comment. All living things except man travel freely. There are actually some countries where you literally can cross boundary and shake hands with your neighbour. 😊 .

      Miriam

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  10. When I read your poem the Baha’i quote from Baha’u’llah immediately came to mind:

    “It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens.”

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  11. Thank you for your very interesting comment. I have now been on the net and checked up Baha’u’llah . It can sound complex as he brings in all major religions but in fact it isn’t complicated as all have the same basic belief.

    I love your quote and very much feel so myself. It is my belief too that many do agree.
    Miriam

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  12. Miriam,
    As you said, it’s ultimately not complicated at all.
    The Baha’i faith believes in progressive revelation – that Moses, Buddha, Mohammad, Jesus, Baha’u’llah et.al were all manifestations of God and taught what was needed (in the way it could best be understood) at each particular epoch and location to elevate human spirituality . . . kinda like kindergarten, middle school, high school! Unfortunately, we’ve not reached college level . . . yet.

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  13. An important concept and thoughtful quotes that I wish more people would consider and hopefully understand. I think some people have gotten carried away with wanting to protect a space out of fear. I hope one day we can reach beyond this fear to cooperation and peace.

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  14. Thank you JoAnna for your response.
    As we are all celebrating the wonderful success of the rescue of the trapped Thai boys it is a wonderful example of what man can achieve when driven by one goal. Love and and care. Sharing the same goal.
    It is as hard and simple as that.

    miriam

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  15. Sharon, thanks for your kind response.
    Indeed there need to be more care for both our Earth and for all who
    live here. You are right, there is an irony – a very sad one – that we are given
    such a gift and proceed to destroy it. May the tide be turning.

    Miriam

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