Veterans Day image for Veterans Day poem by John Barr

VETERANS DAY, 1985

By John Barr / from The Hundred Fathom Curve 

I come with my sons to this Memorial's
black vectors, pointed with 50,000 names.

Vets–their camouflage fatigues
like faded Christmas decorations–
patrol aimlessly.
Unable to let go of the intensity,
they reminisce or stand silent at the Wailing Wall.

Letters on a clear black field call roll.
They touch them.
They spend a long time reading

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