What God leaves open, Man defines

With guns and guards surveilling gates

Along imaginary lines.

No mountain towers, no river winds;

No split between tectonic plates--

What God leaves open, Man defines

With fields of unexploded mines.

Who knows the danger that awaits

Along imaginary lines

Drawn in with wire and warning signs?

Mankind, he crudely demarcates

What God leaves open. Man defines


As Sudans and Palestines

A restless whir of nation-states

In blurred imaginary lines

(Some drunk cartographer’s designs).

Man rushes in where heaven waits--

What God leaves open, Man defines

Between imaginary lines.