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Tears (Illustration) Poetry Ethics

Image by Brocken Inaglory, online via Wikimedia Commons.  License:  CC BY-SA 3.0

 

Black wall
Tapered at the
Ends
White letters
Spelling names of
Friends

Lost lives
Crushed spirits
All
Vietnam
Our generation's
War.

You volunteered
For rain-swept
Land
I cried
And failed to
Understand

Why fight
This war - it isn't
Ours
Why risk
Your life - it now is
Mine.

Orders spared you
From the jungle
War
You did not face
The strife, monsoons and
Gore.

We stand now
At this wall of
Pain
Its blackness
Fills me as a
Void

Its starkness
Strips me
Raw
I cannot hide
Emotions rising from my
Soul.

With salty eyes
We find the names of
Death
We trace white letters
Fallen heroes, finally lifted
Up

We weep
But tears are not the
Same

You cry
For those who died
I cry
Relieved white letters
Do not spell
Your name.

 

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5183stories and lessons created

Original Release: May 04, 2013

Updated Last Revision: Oct 21, 2016


Media Credits

Poem from "Marriage Is a Balance Beam," a book of poetry by Carole Bos.

 

Image, of the Vietnam War Memorial—also known, simply, as "The Wall"—by Mario Roverto Durán Ortiz. License:  CC By-SA 3.0 

 

The Wall, which is located in Washington, D.C., was dedicated on November 13, 1982.

 

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