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Two Poems at Two Memorials

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I wrote this for delivering at the Vietnam Wall in 2018, but because we veterans were not permitted to approach the Wall, I delivered it at the World War One Memorial, on the hundredth anniversary of the Armistice, on the day Americans now call Veterans' Day:

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For those here on this wall memorialized,

fifty-eight thousand three hundred twenty

Of our one-time brothers in arms, we stand

(Eight women-- women die more often now

In combat), your comrades yet unfallen,

To mourn, and reflect on your sacrifice.

A very few may have left some record

Of their misgivings before signing up,

And going overseas, to meet their fate.

But in that day and age, boys and young men

Still lived in naivete unknown today.

We joined, and volunteered for the war zone

In patriotic fervor (though for some,

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My name is William Perkins Homans the third, but probably more people know me as the bluesman (and artist) Watermelon Slim.

I've been in the fight against war, fascism, injustice and inhumanity for 47 years. I was at MayDay, 1971, and at the moratorium March the week before. I was one of the leaders of the Great New Jersey (more...)
 

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I am honored to have been asked to publish these elegies, plus a short reflection on their writing. May poetry rise from our fertile minds like flowers from the sodden earth.

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Thanks for sharing these elegies, Watermelon Slim. They are magnificent.

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"When shall it be said in any country of the world, my poor are happy; neither ignorance nor distress is to be found among them; my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars; the aged are not in want, the taxes are not oppressive...when these things can be said, then may that country boast of its constitution and government."~ Thomas Paine"
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Powerful is only word can find.

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