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The Name

Updated on November 7, 2015

Have you ever stared at a name
And tried to hear the silence
Of a voice that’s already spoken
About a life that ended in violence?

I wonder if they thought as I do now
How there is still time to change
I wonder if they lived with the same regret
That now makes me feel so strange

Have you ever walked past a name
And tried to hear the beat
Of a heart that’s already stopped
Of a memory that can never repeat?

A story that has already been told
Is buried along with unanswered questions
Did the prayers that were heard
Reflect themselves in God’s revelations?

Have you ever walked past a name
And tried to feel the pain
Of a thousand private moments
Buried under a rock so plain?

What difference to worry is knowledge?
Once foretold anticipation will never bend
To destiny’s noose wrapped around chance
Will the means ever justify the end?

Have you ever walked past a name
And tried to lie down next to them
To comfort the fading words
To whisper how we will see them again?


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    • raciniwa profile image


      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      this is so deep my friend...names are very important for they give us an identity...

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      You take and record the pulse of so much we all feel, Mark. This is excellent writing - and thinking. I feel the names that have passed very keenly, especially being the last of a generation now. It's good to pause and recall the lives behind the stony names.

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      6 years ago

      Wayne makes some great points. Somehow the names on gravestones gives them a "profile"--names are important to each and every persona on this earth (or anywhere else for that matter) in my opinion. That's why I use a proper name for whom I believe is our Almighty God and Creator--yes, I am non-atheistic and not agnostic. And I believe the YHWH that controversy is important in any translation because it sets him apart from other gods--of which there are many. I've heard Yeshua, Jah, Yahweh, Jehovah-- others. As long as there is a proper, specific name, I think it's important to all of us, whether we like our names or not.

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      I was immersed in genealogy for a time learning as much as I could of both sides of my family lines. I visited a lot of cemeteries in that process, looked upon many grave stones and wondered much about a person I never knew. I wondered what they could tell me that was never recorded to remain behind them...wondered of the secrets they took with them to the many puzzles they left behind. For all the energy we expend these days on our fast-paced lives, we would do well to stop and smell the flowers and walk past those names before they are etched in stone forever. Great write. WB

    • LABrashear profile image


      6 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

      Sad. It's unfortunate to wonder what regrets we will take to the grave with us. Fortunately, if we live life to the fullest, there will not be too many regrets at the end. Voted up!


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