there is a placebeyond the border

where love grows

and where peace

is not the frozen silence . . .


to get to that place you have to go or be pushed outbeyond the borders,

to where it is lonely, fearful,

threatening, unknown.

only after you have wandered

for a long time in the dark

do you begin to bump into others

also branded, exiled,

border crossers,

and find you walk on

common ground.


it is not an easy place to be,

this place beyond the borders.

but it is a good place to be.

Mexican Borderland from trip earlier this year


-Kathy Galloway

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