VOICES FROM THE WALLFrom: "Bruce K. Melson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
FROM THE WALL
a long, long time we had no place to gather,
roamed aimlessly to old familiar places,
in small numbers or going individually,
wherever our names were called by friends and family.
it was really hard on us to be summoned by loved ones
and there and everywhere...
then, did not seem to sense our presence
after having called us to them, with anguish and tears.
felt so isolated and lost.
you, our brothers and sisters, families, acquaintances,
friends, built that long black shiny WALL,
each and every one of our names on it...
news spread so quickly among us,
we excitedly gathered there in anxious anticipation
seeing for ourselves that we finally had a place
we belonged! We were not disappointed!
cannot describe our exhilaration at being summoned now...
that you feel our presence,
our hands and hearts meet when you lovingly,
out and touch our names.
burdens of pain sorrow and loneliness are instantly lifted,
we are enveloped within your loving embrace.
this sacred place, we feel a healing of our spirits...
sense of having at last, 'come home'.
did not know there were so many who cared and remembered us,
ongoing pride and affection.
that end, we have been truly blessed
an enduring unbroken bond of love,
transcends time and space.
Copyright Beverly Haire 1998