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The black wall

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Seymour Tabin
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0 posted 10-25-1999 10:59 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Seymour Tabin

The black wall

An army of men gave their all.
We placed their names upon a wall.
Each scratch a name, each name a soul,
Each soul a toll in protocol.

The black wall rides the earth today,
Names of the dead put on display.
Each graven body in a sheath,
Each grave in trust, a cross, a wreath.
© Copyright 1999 Seymour Tabin - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 10-25-1999 11:02 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

And let us never forget their sacrifice for us. Well done, Seymour.

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Denise
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2 posted 10-25-1999 11:07 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Each scratch a name, each name a soul.....that says it all, Sy. Nice work.
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3 posted 10-25-1999 11:30 PM       View Profile for thursdayschild   Email thursdayschild   Edit/Delete Message     View IP for thursdayschild

Wow, excellent tribute. Thank you for sharing this.
Seymour Tabin
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4 posted 10-25-1999 11:31 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Denise,
Thank you for the quick response.
Balladeer,
Thank you, your response means much to me.
ThursdayChild,
Thank you for the read and comment.

[This message has been edited by Seymour Tabin (edited 10-25-1999).]
Christopher
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5 posted 10-26-1999 02:59 AM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

Though short and sweet,
the meaning's complete!
Good one sey!
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6 posted 10-26-1999 03:52 AM       View Profile for Watcher666   Email Watcher666   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Watcher666's Home Page   View IP for Watcher666

Beautiful Tribute.

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Illusion...what we see and what we do...it's all up to you.
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7 posted 10-26-1999 07:38 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

May future generations be reminded by it's presence.....
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A very nice tribute Sy.
Thanks for this one......

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A soul that writes from the heart and shares it, truly gives a gift extrordinaire!
Seymour Tabin
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10 posted 10-26-1999 12:10 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Chris,
A short and sweet thank you.
Watcher,
Thank you for the read and comment.
Nan,
I truly hope so. *L*
Pepper,
I thank you twice *L*
Ohme
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11 posted 10-26-1999 12:35 PM       View Profile for Ohme   Email Ohme   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Ohme

I saw the Memorial while I was in DC. I didn't know any of the names as living, breathing people. That didn't prevent tears from welling up in my eyes. Thanks for the memory, Seymour.
hoot_owl_rn
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12 posted 10-27-1999 09:24 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

Seymore, so much said in so few words......this is wonderful. As you can see, it inspired me

Row after row of names engraved
Upon a jet black wall
I do not know a single one
But Lord, I owe them all

Years and memories have passed
Since they died at war
Let this serve as our reminder
That there shall be no more

Let us build no other walls
Upon them names to grace
But rather put an end to war
And brother man embrace


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13 posted 10-27-1999 09:26 AM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

Well done.
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14 posted 10-27-1999 10:22 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Seymour: Wow!! Poignant and powerful... a wonderful tribute!

And Hoot... Amen!
poetFemmeFatale
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15 posted 10-27-1999 10:58 AM       View Profile for poetFemmeFatale   Email poetFemmeFatale   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for poetFemmeFatale

Ah Sey...this is really great. I visited DC and too, was really moved. To know of a marker like that from pictures you've only seen in a book - can't even begin to make you feel the same as if you've been able to touch the names...see the wall...and all the offerings left by loved-ones who still morn and remember...I have a book called "Offerings at the Wall", which shows actual photos of things left with the story behind it....It makes it all real...tears at your heart for those who are named. Thank you for sharing a short but bitterly sweet poem.

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~~ Lift your head high - spread your "words" and fly - - poetFemmeFatale

Toerag
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16 posted 10-27-1999 11:02 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

Seymore.....your poem is kinda like the wall, leaves me speechless!
Seymour Tabin
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17 posted 10-27-1999 10:40 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Ohme,
Just want to thank you for the read and comment, there are so many entries it's hard to keep up with the thank you.
Hoot,
Loved your poem lets hope it can come true thank you much.
Mike,
Thanks for the read and comment.
Suthern,
thank you so much for the wonderful words.
Pff,
What you said is all true and it really tears at the heart. Thank you so much.
Toe,
I doubt if it will really leave you speechless but I know what you mean, thanks a bunch.
Skyfyre
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18 posted 10-27-1999 10:47 PM       View Profile for Skyfyre   Email Skyfyre   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Skyfyre

I recently had the opportunity to see the Moving Wall, and it truly lived up to its name -- I was moved, even though I have never lost a loved one to war. The names of so many dead were overwhelming, and grim testimony to the enormous destructive power of humanity.

Thank you for this poem, Seymour -- it has reminded me to count my many blessings.

--Kess

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You cannot choose the way of your death, but the path you choose will determine its own end.

Michael
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19 posted 10-28-1999 07:41 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

I assure you, Sy, that there is no structure on earth that holds the power of that wall.
I still shiver, remembering standing in front of it and coming to the cold reality that every name on that wall was a grieving mother's sunshine, a father's hope, and worst of all...still a child in most cases.
Thank you for rekindling the memory.

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Michael Anderson

Is all that we see or seem
but a dream within a dream?


Seymour Tabin
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20 posted 10-28-1999 11:32 AM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Skyfyre,
Glad you got to see the wall and felt its presence.
Micheal,
All you said is true, found it hard to write
and still don't think I did it justice. Thanks again.
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sigh
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Thank you for this Sy. That wall is a masterpiece and a perfect tribute to our service men. Your words add a lot to my unforgetable experience of slowly passing by and staring at the names written there. martyjo
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been doing some catching up

My spirit will rise
above the sea~
There will be no drowning
of my soul or me~

 
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