Sunday, September 11, 2011

Twin Towers Of Rubble (A 9/11 Memorial Poem)

10 years 
have passed since 
the towers lit up 
in flames, 
twin columns 
of smoke and 
twisted steel slowly 
starting to crumble. 

10 years have passed 
since we watched 
men, women and children 
flinging themselves out of windows in 
hopeless desperation, 
waiting for 
a miracle to happen, 
for them to sprout wings and fly to safety, 
but nothing happened and 
onward they fell 
onto twin spears of rubble, 
cement and 

We could only watch 
the tragedy happen, 
as many risked and lost 
their lives to 
protect others 
 through the false intimacy 
of television, 
and we wish we could 
reach through the screen 
and help, 
that we could catch those falling 
and those stuck inside, 
but many miles and a 
pane of glass separates us 
from them. 


We cannot rewind the past. 
We cannot undo what has 
what foolish actions 
humans decide to do. 
All we can do 
is bow our heads 
and remember the 2,977 victims, 
even if it is 
10 years since 
September 9th, 2001. 

Even though I was only four at the time, I remember 9/11. The adults talking, the pictures in the newspapers the next day, the footage on T.V. When I searched it up today how many lives were lost, it shocked me. 2,996 deaths (including the hijackers) were counted. 2,996 lives disappeared in one day. For those who haven't done so, please have a moment of silence and honour the dead, no matter where you were when 9/11 happened. 

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