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Their Wall

Prompt: Google maps – The Great Wall of China



Kelvin M. Knight

Knowing this wall was being this wall. This message was clear when I landed upon these ramparts. Clearer still was the knowledge that they built walls to keep things out, to keep things in, to keep themselves separated from themselves. They were misguided. Creating a wall created sides, inside their minds, whereas outside their minds, the reality was all things were equal.

I floated over their unequal heads. My colours cascaded. Their feelings became waterfalls, flowing along these walls, flowing over this wall. Rainbow-coloured emotions pooled amongst the greens and greys of yesterday’s forgiveness and tomorrow’s pain.

Settling upon the turret they were all heading towards, I saw their wall differently from the one I’d seen in the outer reaches of heaven. Nonetheless, I opened the fullness of my wings and shared with them the glorious folly of their wall.

Lost in themselves, they continued placidly past me.

(150 words)

This flash fiction story was written in response to the What Pegman Saw photo prompt which this week took us to The Great Wall of China.

To read other writes’ stories, please click on the la’al Blue Froggy below.


First and foremost I am a reader, then a storyteller. My reading tastes are eclectic. My writing can focus around the intimacy of closed settings and may tend towards characters who might be hiding something from themselves.

13 thoughts on “Their Wall

  1. Creating a wall created sides ~ the reality was all things were equal. You speak such wisdom here. If only humankind could figure out that everything is equal no matter which side of the wall you’re on. Sigh. I don’t think that will ever happen in my lifetime or ever. Depressing thought, I know, but … I love that this is written from an angel’s P.O.V. or a bird, I’m fond of both.

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  2. What a brave man you are, Kelvin, in your quest for beauty, purity and justice. I love the way your angel has such massive compassion and even admiration for poor struggling humanity – for example, the glorious folly of their wall.
    Angels all around us, and we don’t see them because we’re too busy shutting out the other, the different. What a message!
    Beautiful story, Kelvin!

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