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The Wall

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John Yaws
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0 posted 11-11-1999 11:04 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

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-
And epitaph, lives thrown away,
Their treatment, a disgrace.
© Copyright 1999 John R. Yaws - All Rights Reserved
Marilyn
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since 09-26-1999
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1 posted 11-11-1999 11:23 PM       View Profile for Marilyn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marilyn

Great work. I echo your thoughts on this one.
Denise
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2 posted 11-11-1999 11:39 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Well stated. Well done.

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3 posted 11-11-1999 11:52 PM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Wars are made by fools.
The Wall of Remembrance with hearts.
Thank you for remembering so tenderly.


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hoot_owl_rn
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4 posted 11-12-1999 12:26 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

EXCELLENT!!! I know I won't be disappointed when I open one of your poems up
Tara Simms
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5 posted 11-15-1999 10:06 PM       View Profile for Tara Simms   Email Tara Simms   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Tara Simms's Home Page   View IP for Tara Simms

This one slipped by me. Excellent writing!
WhtDove
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6 posted 11-15-1999 10:11 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Most excellent! But I find all your work to be that way!
 
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