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John Yaws
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0 posted 10-09-1999 06:14 PM       View Profile for John Yaws   Email John Yaws   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit John Yaws's Home Page   View IP for John Yaws

“The Wall” A Tribute to the Veterans of the Vietnam War

Silent figures in the rain,
It seems so very strange
Snow, or ice, or summer heat
Expressions never change.

Three young men who'll never age
These three will never fall
Unlike those men they represent
Names graven on the "Wall".

Young, those lives we threw away
Like wheat before the scythe
Upon a foreign altar slain
Ah, what a dreadful price.

Three young men, two white, one black
Returning from patrol-
Now only elements attack
Those names upon the roll.

What's to show for blood they shed-
For most no teardrops fall-
Unknown, unsung, all but forgot-
Those men upon the Wall!

The "Wall", how fitting is the black-
Cold marble of it's face-
An epitaph, lives thrown away,
Their treatment, a disgrace.


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~GS~
© Copyright 1999 John R. Yaws - All Rights Reserved
Denise
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1 posted 10-09-1999 06:36 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Very fitting tibute. I for one will never forget these brave men. They were my classmates, some. My 'ex' and 'current' served this country too. It's to the shame of this country for any of these heroes to be forgotten. What a shame that they had to be heroes in the first place. And for what?
(I'll get off my soapbox now)

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Denise
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2 posted 10-09-1999 06:39 PM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

extremely moving piece so very well done.....Bravo Sir GS

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May your days be filled with lots of sunshine and your nights lit up by golden moonbeams
Balladeer
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3 posted 10-09-1999 06:40 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Another excellent written testament to organized senselessness.
Poet deVine
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Hurricane Alley


4 posted 10-09-1999 07:52 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

You join us with an excellent poem about a tragic time in our country. Welcome to the family. I look forward to reading more from you.
Julie
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5 posted 10-09-1999 08:03 PM       View Profile for Julie   Email Julie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Julie

Another excellent one...we are so glad to have you join us.
Seymour Tabin
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6 posted 10-09-1999 09:51 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Gunslinger,
So far your batting a 1000. Well done.
Nan
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7 posted 10-09-1999 09:58 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

This is the first of your work that I've read - I promise it won't be the last... It was indeed a special time - I pray we learned something from it.
hoot_owl_rn
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8 posted 10-10-1999 01:01 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Incredible.....this is so well written and such a fine tribute. Well done and BRAVO!!
Christopher
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Purgatorial Incarceration


9 posted 10-10-1999 06:56 AM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

ANd I add my heartfelt appreciation. Vivid portrayal and a fitting memorial, perhaps better than a wall.
DreamEvil
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10 posted 10-10-1999 07:46 AM       View Profile for DreamEvil   Email DreamEvil   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit DreamEvil's Home Page   View IP for DreamEvil

Echoes all the above.

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Now and forever my heart hears ~one voice~.
DreamEvil©

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11 posted 10-10-1999 08:27 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

First I was taken by your name...

and now I am enjoying your work.

Are you also a "re-enactor?"
Elizabeth
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12 posted 07-28-2000 09:09 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

Wonderful work here, Gunslinger. I liked it--it was very moving.

Elizabeth


Why ME???
 
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