"Out of our way!" Armed soldiers penetrate milling masses crowds part like the Red Sea stranding islands of confusion. "Move along! Break it up!" Ruthless hands grab stunned individuals. Clinging couples wrenched apart shoved aside. "Come on, come on! Out of the way!" Fence-building production line thrusts posts into earth unrolls massive wire hammering the divide. "My child! My child!" Desperate struggles mother in soldier's hands flung down away from the fence. "Mother! Mother!" Trembling crying little boy stands alone, on the wrong side. "Hold those posts steady. Mind my hands!" In the soldiers' wake construction team sails on purposefully. "Willem! Willem! Go with Uncle Karl." Distraught mother espaliered on wire calling reassuring. "I'll be with you soon. Can you hear me, Willem?" "Get away from the fence. Go home. There's nothing you can do." Returning soldier siezes casts down again "Willem! Go with Uncle Karl!" "Mother! Mother!" Turning along the fence rushing rushing to pass fence builders to out-strip soldiers to reach wave's crest prior to breaking. Thrusting into panicked herd pushing pushing through to the other side to the right side bursting into a clear space plunging down a side street. Laughing crying back back along an alley to reach the street to lead to her son. "Mother! Mother!" Gripping Karl dragging Willem across the square towards side-street safety Emerging blocks away she struggles towards the sound of his voice. "Willem! Willem!" "Mother! Mother!" They clutch They cling They weep Across the square the confused the sundered the lucky the unlucky comfort each other and gaze at the wall.
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(C) Copyright Jud House 23/09/2011
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