the Kandern War Memorial (a sestina)

a memorial to war, this monument
holds all the grief
of those now silent
unable to remember
this grey green tower guards
the beauty of insignificant lives.

their memory lives
in the names etched on this monument
in the wreaths left to guard
against forgetfulness, a grief
worse than to remember
all these silent

why are you silent
are there too many lives
here to remember
too many similar monuments
all pointing to the same grief
all statues in the same guard

but this is why they stand guard
refuse to be silent
or to give up their grief
all of these lives
matter, even if it is only the monuments
that continue to remember

they call us to remember
to join their guard
as living monuments
no longer silent
about the memory that lives
the necessity of grief

there is deep grief
in those who still remember
their pain lives
carefully guarded
often silent
made visible in this monument

here stands a monument to grief
though silent, it remembers
and guards forgotten lives.

 

p.s. You can find a picture of this monument here.

April 5th prompt: monuments

This is part of the April Poem a Day Challenge hosted by Robert Lee Brewer at Poetic Asides

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