I Found a Rug. Let’s Build a Wall!

If finding random objects merited building walls, human history may have unfolded differently.

Kunta Kinteh Island, The Gambia circa 1456

A Prince: “We’ve found a metal chain link inside the belly of a fish. It’s unreal” Mandinka Metro. Pale people coming from many empires, some of which would be a big surprise.

San Salvador, The Bahamas circa 1492

Arawak Warrior: “We’ve found black powder riddled on our sandy shores. It’s dubious” Taino Times. People coming from across the world, all of which are a big surprise.

Surat, India circa 1608

Harbor Master: “We’ve found teacups with saucers washed ashore. It’s preposterous” India Gazette. People coming across the sea, some of which would be a big surprise. [Reports heard, they want our sugar, spice, and everything nice. Let’s build that wall!]

Algiers, Algeria circa 1681

Commander of The Sea: “Mais Oui! We’ve found baguettes stuffed underneath shipping docks. It’s blasphemous” Berber Harold. People coming across northern border, not so much a big surprise.

Guangzhou, China circa 1773

“We’ve found red poppies popping aplenty. It’s cockamamie” China Sun Times. People coming from the other side, want to cross everything, some of which will bring big surprise.

Rio Grande, Mexico (modern day U.S.A) circa 1836

Border rancher: “We’ve found red, white, and blue spotted in several localities. It’s unreal” La Gaceta de México People coming from across Northern Border, none of which is a big surprise.


wage beauty| published in McSweeny’s Internet Tendency; Anchor Magazine| recipient of the 2018 SCBWI Emerging Voices Award

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