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Published April 12, 2017
Wax Poetry and Art: "Reflections: The Vietnam Veterans' Memorial..." by Mantz Yorke
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Reflections:
The Vietnam Veterans' Memorial, Washington DC

by Mantz Yorke

You reached up
and pointed to the name
in the polished stone:
a paler you reached up
and touched your fingertips
with cold.

His name,
one of fifty-eight thousand,
three hundred and seven
graved into the black gabbro
is the nation’s acknowledgement
of the gift of life.

You have known
for four decades and more
his life was no gift;
that indifferent politicians,
bombing, burning and shooting
in the name of freedom,
had asserted their inalienable right
to dispossess.

Tokens at the wall –
crosses, flowers, flags,
unwanted articles of war –
mark bereavements:
veterans have left scrawls,
unsigned, unaddressed,
whose confusion cries out
from this numbing
crescendo and diminuendo
of plutonic dark.  

You see yourself among the dead,
unclearly,
through tears you cannot name.


Biography
Mantz Yorke lives in Manchester, England.  His poems have appeared in a
number of print magazines, anthologies and e-magazines in the UK, Ireland,
Canada, the US, and Hong Kong.
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Reflections:
The Vietnam Veterans' Memorial, Washington DC

by Mantz Yorke
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