Listen To The Voices Behind The Wall


WALLWhen I stood in front of The Vietnam Memorial in D.C., I wept. When I saw the endless sea of white crosses in Arlington Cemetery, I cried again.

I saw the face of bravery and patriotism. It is ethnically and socially diverse. It is rich and it is poor. And death does not discriminate based on any of these qualities.

It was then that I wrote this poem  — almost two decades ago. I’ve shared before but I’m sharing again. I believe it is important.

May we all be mindful of the fact that America is the world.


Eyes stare from the face of the black wall –

The children of many, the loss of one.

A thousand tongues become a single voice

That shouts a silent word.

Their strength lives in the grandeur of stone.

Their tranquility grows in the purity of gardens.

Their promise is captured in the light of hope.

Their pain cries in the shadow of nothing.

Their tears flow into a sea of white crosses.

Their comfort is the single flame.


The silent singers, though different, sound the same.

They gave their voices

So freedom could be sung.

They paid the price of war

In order to give us peace.

May we show the courage in life

That they showed in death.

May we strive to live together

As they unselfishly died as one.

May we honor them with unity.

About Pam Avery Printed

I graduated from the University of Georgia in 1972 with a major in journalism (public relations) and a minor in business (marketing). My experience for the last 40 years includes working in the corporate world (banking), the newspaper industry (advertising design and sales), owning and selling a restaurant, restoring and utilizing several old buildings on the property, teaching private dance and drama lessons for 20 years, free-lance writing for a national textile firm, publishing two children’s books, and ghost writing a book. My last tour of duty before beginning the current chapter was working as a reporter, photographer, and columnist for five weekly community newspapers. And now I writing at Columbus State University in Columbus Ga. I consider myself very fortunate--I get to be around intelligent, energetic and enthusiastic young people. What a joy. I believe the written word is one of the most powerful tools known to humankind. And now we have the ability to reach millions with a simple click of the mouse. Wow.
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