No Mans’s Island

No man is an island wrote Donne
centuries ago.
He understood the predicament
than man, or wo-man
is one part
of a whole
which is one part
of something larger
and so on
into mind-blowing infinity.
No man, or wo-man can stand alone
and reach their potential
in isolation
or when isolated
on some small island
however grandiose
the delusion.
And a small island cannot thrive.
if it makes its sea an impenetrable wall
to protect it from the to-ing and fro-ing
of all but but the tides
it will stagnate
sink into decay
turn in on itself
until the walls
are broken
and the seeds
set free to fly away.


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