William Weiyi Marr

Vietnam War Memorial - Poem by William Weiyi Marr

A block of marble
and twenty six letters of the alphabet
etch so many young names
onto history

Wandering alone
amid the mass grave
an old woman has at last found
her only child
and with her eyes tightly shut
her trembling fingers now feel
for the mortal wound
on his ice-cold forehead

(1985, Chicago)

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  • Gold Star - 54,968 Points Roseann Shawiak (7/27/2015 2:50:00 PM)

    Poignant reminder of those who have given their lives to protect Americans. Image of the old woman being traced into my mind, feeling the sadness that will always be with her. Thank you for sharing this beautiful, heartfelt poem. RoseAnn (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, September 19, 2013

Poem Edited: Friday, September 20, 2013

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