two old men divided up the world

two old men sat together over tea
dividing up the world of empire
with lines drawn in pencil on a map
first they produced astonishment
that peoples and land could be divided and contained
with a pencil marking arbitrary borders
but then, people being people, the people
found difference, dissent and division
re-inforced their estrangement
with fences and walls and policies and politics
and bolstered their courage with religious belief …

the point at which the loose ends became the untied knot
is that which is undoing the world today

Sandra Renew