Remembering 9/11

April 11, 2012
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rain falls that afternoon, weeping.
the announcers slowly read the names of every victim,
all three thousand.

we remember William Reed Bethke,
Emerita de la Pena, Liming Gu, Peter Teague Milano…

we pray for the vanished ones, the tenth anniversary
of three thousand shrouded in smoke,
lost to eternity.

let us honor the newly built memorial.
names carved onto the calm stone slate,
black marble – squid ink.

we pray each day

remembering is the most painful,
yet we celebrate its tenth anniversary

we close our eyes
in prayer,
palms barely touching

these same hands we hold up
to praise the lord who has
been with us always

it is our family,
our lives, our souls
that have been broken

let us keep a moment of silence.
lips closed, we draw a breath
that our dead can’t hear.

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Alex said...
May 10, 2012 at 9:31 am
Fantastic poem!
pianokeysevie said...
May 2, 2012 at 7:06 pm
this is beautiful.. i have a very personal connection with 9 11.. this captures so much emotion really well.
erica said...
May 1, 2012 at 3:46 pm
very powerful poem, it brings out the raw emotions we have in our hearts. your poem is amazing.
rachelcohen said...
Apr. 26, 2012 at 9:19 am
very touching and emotional, well written, love it!
maryowns818 said...
Apr. 18, 2012 at 10:58 pm
beautiful poem!
Steve said...
Apr. 18, 2012 at 10:32 am
well written poem, very emotional and moving, I love it!
teddy said...
Apr. 15, 2012 at 10:52 pm
beautiful and sentimental, great poem!
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