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Yusef Komunyakaa's poem "Facing It" is not broken into stanzas; however, here is a brief analysis of the poem in its entirety. The speaker of the poem is at the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial in Washington D. C., and he is looking at the names that are carved into the granite. While he is standing there, he flashes back to images that he saw while he himself was in the Vietnam War. He is shocked by his own existence, grateful that he, unlike the thousands of soldiers whose names are listed on the wall, is still alive. He remembers seeing war planes overhead, booby traps, and explosions. Near the end of the poem, the speaker imagines that he sees someone lose his arm inside the stone--this suggests that past and present are indelibly intertwined and that although the speaker is still alive, he cannot let go of the haunting war images from his past. Then at the end of the poem, he imagines that a woman, who is brushing a boy's hair, is trying erase names from the stone--this suggests that the speaker may wish that the names could actually be erased, meaning that these men would never have experienced and died in the Vietnam War.
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