The Vietnamese’s Viet Nam War Memorial

The American Viet Nam Veterans’ Memorial –
One hundred and fifty metres of black granite walls
Engraved with 52,132 names of dead
Or missing in action Americans from the Viet Nam War

If Viet Nam had such a Memorial
To remember and honour her casualties in that War –
All of an estimated two and a half million of them –
That Wall would be over seven kilometres long –
And it would have a moat around it
To hold all the tears shed by its visitors

The length of that wall would be more
Than the distance some survivors could walk –
The number of names on that wall would have to be
The most sombre pattern ever created by man –
The sight of that wall would give new meaning
To the phrase ‘looking at Death’

However – such a Memorial for the Vietnamese
Could never be built –
Many of them died in entire families
And will forever be unaccounted for

The lack of such a Memorial for the Vietnamese –
Though – is definitely a blessing in disguise

If you don’t believe me –
Then just observe the scene any given day
At the American Viet Nam Veterans’ Memorial –
Then expand that scene –
Forty to fifty times – say –
And you will know exactly what I mean

09.06.95 – 09.27.95



Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion
and published in Perspectives, ISBN 0-9686250-0-2.



Notes to this poem…

To be annotated by the end of 2008 at latest.


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