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Below is the poem entitled STONE WALLS, ANCIENT CITIES and WOODEN FENCES which was written by poet John Trusty. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Contemplating atop the “Great Wall,” was Neruda comparing similarities of this and “Machu 
Picchu?”  Was there more commonality beyond stonemasons craft? High stone walls ancient 
cities, “great walls,” lesser ones (Berlin) are designated barriers between peoples/ideologies 
for protection. Long standing cultural isolation results. 

Constructing a fence of wood at Isla Negra afforded symbolic protection. Wooden slats 
allowed words over and through pickets to the world beyond. If “Machu Picchu” was “a trip to 
the serenity of the soul,” fences and “great walls” lie on opposite sides of that.

Neruda’s prolific poetry rose above politics unencumbered by walls, fences or dogma.

for contest on Pablo Neruda

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  1. Date: 8/11/2010 3:10:00 PM
    A wonderfully unique and creative write John.. enjoyed with luv..

  1. Date: 6/20/2010 6:38:00 AM
    No wonder it's been placed in first place, you have written an exceptional piece here John > many congratulations >> James

  1. Date: 6/7/2010 3:13:00 PM
    Congratulations on your 1st place win John in the Pablo Neruda contest sponsored by Raul Moreno. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/7/2010 11:52:00 AM
    What an interesting perspective. Congratulations on placing first in Raul's contest. Enjoy your big honor. Wishing you many more. Karen

  1. Date: 6/6/2010 7:26:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win John, a worthy presentation. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 6/6/2010 3:17:00 PM
    Congrats John on your 1st place win in Raul's contest with this excellent version of the life of Neruda... enjoy the success of victory ..with luv from the "Sweetheart"

  1. Date: 6/6/2010 2:58:00 PM
    Congratulations John, on winning my Pablo Neruda contest...Raul

  1. Date: 5/14/2010 11:07:00 PM
    I like the concept of this poem.....You've found something very interesting in those stone walls, John.... Good luck in Raul's Contest. Ruben.

  1. Date: 5/14/2010 6:19:00 PM
    I have been to Machu Pichuu in 2003. A nice tribute to Pablo. Good luck in the contest