Metal shafts lay down shadowson the
border, south and north.Human tracks trace the line, disremembering the grace of nature.
Javelina loses a baby through the bars. Rattlesnake sneaks through, citizenof neithercountry.
forcedand unexpected. She slumbers beneath a cottonwood that sips from springs on the other
side. Her thirsthas declaredits native land.
On the top ofthe shafts, blackbirdsconverse in grackle language about their passports made of sunand a wind whipping from the
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"The Wall" was first published as one of the
prize-winning poems in Desert Exposure's 2020 Writing Contest. Alethea Eason is an award-winning writer and artist who has found happiness and her true home in the
intersection of desert and mountains in southern New Mexico.