Names

                                 What’s in a name you say?
                                 A name chiseled in cold, black granite.
                                 A name chiseled in warm, empty hearts.

                                 What’s in a name you say?
                                 A directory of life not lived.
                                 A directory of death unearned.

                                 What’s in a name you say?
                                 A monument to a foolish pride.
                                 A monument to a sagely shame.

                                 What’s in a name you say?
                                 A wall that captures a darker time.
                                 A wall that frees us to heal wounds.

                                 What’s in a name you say –
                                 Or ten perhaps, or fifty thousand.
                                 Da Nang.  Saigon.  Hanoi.