Elizabeth I. Riseden

Confucian Walls

China’s wild section
of Great Wall sweeps
across what was once

In the nearby entertainment
area, tourists bustle among
stalls; many traders
show Mongolian roots.

A lone duck
white as a ghost
nearby, hunting

Atop San Diego’s Great
Wall sweeps the Mexican
vista, gateway
to the Latino south.

many traders are Latinos,
uneasy in their welcome,
legal or not,

A lone duck
waddles in rain
by the wall.
A grasshopper dangles
from its beak.

Elisabeth I. Riseden writes from Carson City, Nevada. Her poetry has appeared in The Tonopah Review and does so frequently in Danse Macabre.