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:


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.


About Graylin Fox

Urban Fantasy Author
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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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