We interact with space in peculiar ways.
We run, dance and do somersaults when we play.
We can’t see the barriers
that divide our world,
but that’s not to say they’re not there.

The barrier of time is of our own making.
We place stress and expectations on ourselves.
We don’t think about reasons,
except when we fail.
Don’t we know pride leads to a fall?

The barrier of thought can affect our well-being.
A negative attitude can breed contempt.
We all want to be happy
too often we’re not,
because of the way that we think!

The barrier of love can be a bridge to life.
If we open our hearts in a caring way
by giving to those in need -
our time and our love -
then the light in our hearts will shine.

The barrier of race is a race against time.
We choose to treat other people differently.
Just because their skin’s not white,
or were born elsewhere
does not give us this right of choice.

The barriers that deprive people of freedom
take away rights and responsibilities.
We lose all our confidence
and much self-esteem,
that portray lives without purpose.

So, recognise barriers by knocking down walls
and valuing diversity and difference.
We all want to be happy
and live useful lives
and know in our hearts that we cared.

About this poem

This poem is self-explanatory. I try to live my life without barriers.

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Submitted by susannaelliott on April 17, 2024

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Quick analysis:

Scheme xaxxb cxxxx cxDxx xaxxx xdxbx xxexx xeDxx
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 1,252
Words 257
Stanzas 7
Stanza Lengths 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5

Susanna Elliott-Newth

Susanna is a teacher, living near the coastal fringes of the Illawarra Coastline in NSW, Australia. Her environment is her stimulus for her writing. She has published four books of short stories, as well as her own memoir book, and writes educational resources for teachers. more…

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  • MissBrandy222
    Love it! So beautiful and really true.
    LikeReply26 days ago
  • karlcfolkes
    I enjoy tremendously your ‘Barriers’ poem and particularly the opening line of the third stanza which reads “The barrier of thought can affect our well-being.” How true indeed. This assertion of yours is in accordance with the overall sentiments of the poem, “The Thought That Lingers: Part Twelve” which I have just shortly posted on line. This series of poems of mine concerning “The Thought That Lingers” consists altogether of twelve parts. I hope you get a chance to read Part 12, and all the other parts as well.
    Once more let me express my joy at the liberating sentiments expressed in your poem.
    Our customs, habits and cultural differences make it so difficult, if not impossible, to live without barriers.
    LikeReply27 days ago
  • dawg4jesus
    I liked it, well written
    LikeReply29 days ago
  • one.ournewecho
    This is beautiful, insightful and inspiring!
    LikeReply29 days ago


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