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Arizona Memorial

I am sitting at the Arizona Memorial, which shows how far my scruples have gone. I lived in Hawaii for years, and could almost claim to be a kamaaina. without the least inclination to visit this memorial to war. I look at the line up of people, a new group every forty minutes, and wonder at the numbers and differences in races and genders and ages, and the irony of a Japanese American tour guide and think, Manzanar. Yet, could this be cause for real optimism? Is this just a job for him like the guides at Gettysburg or Agincourt ? Has time healed the wounds so soon? Are events now so remote, so rapidly? Who leads the tours at Buchenwald, and Cherry Ridge? I sit in the midst of tour group twelve, the eleven-forty bunch, and wonder what I will hear. Will it be fair? Will we hear of scrape metal and crude oil as well as military factions, Tojo and the Diet? Will we hear of honest people on both sides that try to avert a tragedy? Will we hear of the millions held in thrall to the follies of a few?

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Date: 1/16/2016 6:20:00 AM
Enjoyed reading. As civilization heals from wounds of abuse, it can endure and evolve.
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Date: 1/14/2016 12:40:00 PM
There are a few things you have to keep in mind.1) Manzanar was a fact for many "mainland" Japanese, but not so for Hawaii. Five years after the war ended, we had many military forces stationed in Japan, and many marriages came from this as well. Wounds do heal quicker, nationally, than they do personally. I like the subject matter you chose, and the way it was addressed. Nice work.
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Date: 7/19/2015 5:07:00 PM
AHELLAS, Stopped by to say hello, I enjoyed reading your poem today. FOREVER <3 SKAT
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Date: 3/5/2015 5:11:00 PM
Lots of brave truths here, I could never go to 'the camps' or to Hiroshima & Nagasaki for that matter - people need to stop trying to 'master' each other- conquer- convert? Living is hard enough without raising children to be the cannon fodder of mad men. Light & Love
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Date: 10/22/2014 2:23:00 AM
Wooahh,,,yo a lyricst,,,,thumbs up,,good
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