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William Weiyi Marr


Vietnam War Memorial


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)

Submitted: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Edited: Friday, September 20, 2013
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