Memorial Wall for Survivors By Patty Dickson Piezcka

Jun 13 2018 4.00



What if we build another wall—

one that lists names of those

who war follows home.


How it leaps from their bags

the moment they're opened,

lives in the mirror,


in battered dog tags,

coils in soft beds

waiting to attack sleep.


How a stranger's face

rots into that of a corpse,

a picnic site is tripped


with booby-traps, how danger

bursts from helicopters, sparkles

down from a sky of fireworks.


Carve the letters in granite

and watch the late sun

catch some names on fire.


See how other names fill

with deep blue dusk until

they become one with the sky.




About the Author


Patty Dickson Pieczka's second book, Painting the Egret's Echo, won the Library of Poetry Book Award from Bitter Oleander Press. Other books are Lacing Through Time, Word Paintings and a novel, Finding the Raven. Winner of the ISPS, Francis Locke Memorial, and Maria Faust Sonnet Contests, she graduated from Southern Illinois University and has had writing contributions in more than 50 journals. Visit her website at