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Walking amongst babbling tour groups

And unkempt statuettes

Completely unprepared

for the sight before my eyes
for a sheer wall of names

carved into a hillside of rock

A slope leading d



a long hill, then
p again to the world of people


Trodding silently through
the graveyard of names

I spied one to recognize

Sharon Lane, a nurse, midst the quiet, beating
of a billion people lay
entombed in granite, nothing but a title to recognize

her hopes

Who were they? the thousands

of nameless, f c l s s

a e e

Will we remember them?

In the future, the burning candleflame of dreams
Will we recall

A single appellation who in bravery lived

with courage died
Will their scrambl?d prescence
coexist with our

brief, clumsy footsteps?

I see a rose

placed by the foot of a column

Its leaves flushing, blushing, illuminating

names, roughly scrawled,

above its glowing petals.

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