Resilience – September 11, 2001

Soon after the horrific terrorist acts of 9/11/2001, I sat down to write out how I felt. As a poet, words come easily. But on that day they came with wracking sobs and tears. As we celebrate the death of Bin Laden today, I share the words I wrote back then:

Resilience

The smoke still rises from NY and DC

the work could take months to complete

but we excel at repair and rebuild.

~

We fought to build this country

and defend it we will

our principles cannot be torn by bombs.

~

You have awakened a nation

that didn’t know it was asleep

and when you attack us from the outside

We descend on you as ONE.

~

Bodies were broken and torn

families have been ripped apart

You have caused a wound we will never forget

but it will heal.

~

The anger of hundreds of millions

are now pointed at a few thousand

and we are not alone.

~

The world will not stand still

you have no place to hide

flashlights are now being carried

by every nation and nationality

~even your own.

~

Our flag can be blown apart

but everyone of us carries

the threads in our souls

it will always fly.

~

Graylin Fox Sept 12, 2001.

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One Response to Resilience – September 11, 2001

  1. Sweetrivers says:

    Interesting poem. You can feel the strength of heart of the people now brought together by a tragedy who want to work together as a united front.

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