Thurman P. Woodfork

THE WALL
(To Demonstrators)

IWVPA Double Tap Award for War Poetry: February 24, 2007
Awarded: February 24, 2007
How much more do you want of us? We wait here in dismay as you plan to disrupt our serenity, your placards screaming of ‘Peace’. Don’t you know there is no war here – only blessed release from the pain and agony of our journey to this hallowed place? Don’t sully it with your anger – do not demean it with your slogans. Here, there is commiseration, not turmoil, solace, not confrontation. Take your anger to those who caused it. There is no place for it here. We have endured enough. Leave us to commune in harmony with our comrades on both sides of our Wall – those who have passed through, and those who wait to complete the journey. Please do not misunderstand; we may have arrived here as the result of war and violence, but we have transformed this Wall into a place of eternal love. Let our repose remain inviolate for as long as this nation endures. Grant us the peace you demand.

The Wall at Sunset: Photograph ©Copyright 2001 by Thurman P. Woodfork
The Wall at Sunset: Photograph ©Copyright 2001 by Thurman P. Woodfork