Never Forget

I may not remember the day, the hour, or the place.
I didn’t know anyone who died.
I didn’t understand why hatred separated religions and race.
I only know that I cried.

I cried for the pain that day and every year since.
I cried for brothers and sisters lost.
I cried for the people left behind by events.
I cried for the tragic, awful cost.

I saw the wars we started and fought with rage.
I saw the soldiers who never came back.
I saw the fear of others that trapped us in a cage.
I saw us waiting for an attack.

Even now, long after it’s happened and done,
We vow to remember, to never forget,
Forget all the dead, or the price of freedom,
To forgive those who gave the threat.





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IamtheshyStargirl said...
Sept. 29, 2011 at 5:27 pm
A worthy tribute, I love how you emphasize the need to forgive. Thanks for writing this, savetheplanet :)
 
savetheplanet replied...
Sept. 29, 2011 at 9:09 pm
Your welcome Stargirl! :D Forgiveness gives healing I always think.
 
IamtheshyStargirl replied...
Oct. 3, 2011 at 4:57 pm
Yes, it does. 
 
Thesilentraven This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 29, 2011 at 3:05 pm

You carry the powerful message of remembrance to honor the dead which has been heard all around the country.

But you are one of the few who has the wisdom and the courage to speak of forgiveness as well.

Remarkable. :)

 
savetheplanet replied...
Sept. 29, 2011 at 9:09 pm
Thank you!  I felt that this year I should do something on the anniversary, but I didn't just want to remember.  I've seen too much discrimination and racism to just remember.
 
Thesilentraven This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Sept. 30, 2011 at 6:41 pm
One of the strange things about, it though, (or at least, I thought it was strange) was that the news wasn't really covered in a lot of other countries. One of Abba's friends was in Australia at the time, and she didn't really hear about it till she returned to America. I guess, when I'm so rooted in this country, I forget that we aren't the center of the world!
 
savetheplanet replied...
Oct. 1, 2011 at 12:07 pm
Huh, that is strange.  But not for the reason you may think.  We hear so much about things that happen to other countries that I just assumed that we are all internationally connected on a news level.
 
Thesilentraven This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Oct. 2, 2011 at 4:02 pm
Perhaps we're not as connected as we thought we were (gulp).
 
savetheplanet replied...
Oct. 2, 2011 at 4:16 pm
Nope that is not good at all... D:
 
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