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Komunyakaa merges with the wall, a perfect synthesis of the past and present The colour black itself symbolises the darkness of the Vietnam War, and also has a  connotation to the poet's race - the renewal of the Black Rights in 1964 The poet, as the observer, takes a bird's eye POV, biographically 14 years after he departs  from the Vietnam War.  The ambiguous stance of the poet, both as an observant journalist and an indirect participant in the war brings out the pathos in the poem. 1. "face fades" - alliteration, loss of identity/rather death comes across as a dominating factor,  consuming the living 2. "hiding inside the black granite" - the return of the trauma of war, almost a death wish on the  part of the poet to be one with those dead. "Black granite" - how death comes alive on the  surface 3. "I said I wouldn't" - refusing to mourn the death 4. "Dammit" - also a protest against war 5. "I'm stone. I'm flesh" - a pair of metaphors; facing the enormity of 58,022 deaths, the poet 
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