Poems of Remembrance

2010 September 11
by TLS

We Remember ~

In September
How a calm and peaceful day
Was shattered when pure evil
Turned the skyline gray

We Remember ~

Those who jumped
Their last act to choose their death
Searching for some mercy
From the inferno’s breath

We Remember ~

Steven Coakley,
One of 343
Who rushed in and gave their life
So that others could go free

We Remember ~

Those that perished
When the sister towers fell
And turned a mighty city
Into a living hell

We Remember ~

Three year old Dana Falkenberg
Aboard Flight 77
Whose Mother held her close
And carried her to Heaven

We Remember ~

At the Pentagon
That we lost 184
But Lt. Kevin Shaeffer lived
Because “Steve” Workman doesn’t run from war

We Remember ~

40 Heroes
Who rose up to the fight
And chose not to be the victims
But instead a shining light

We Remember ~

All the loved ones
Who answered fateful calls
And filled those warriors’ hearts
As they chose to give their all

We Remember ~

Walkways plastered
With the faces of the missing
And those that roamed the rubble
Asking God to grant a blessing

We Remember ~

Everyday Americans
Who grabbed their tools and walked ‘cross town
To begin picking up the pieces
Barely settled on the ground

We Remember ~

How the world changed
One day in September
But you are with us in our hearts
Because We Remember!

55 Responses leave one →
  1. 2010 September 11 4:03 pm
    [1]
    JustMary permalink

    Today I sit as tears fall down
    Reading of those who are gone
    Nice to know that even now
    Their memories still live on

  2. 2010 September 11 4:05 pm
    [2]
    TLS permalink

    OMG JM, Thanks for the links! The poem is alive now.

  3. 2010 September 11 4:06 pm
    [3]

    TLS~~~Perhaps we should go no further than yours

  4. 2010 September 11 4:06 pm
    [4]
    JustMary permalink

    You are very welcome. Thank you for the wonderful poem!

  5. 2010 September 11 4:07 pm
    [5]
    justrand permalink

    TLS that is a magnificent poem…thank you.

    and JM, your poem is heartfelt as well. I’m afraid my poems will be a tad bit angrier. I’ll wait to post one. 🙂

  6. 2010 September 11 4:07 pm
    [6]

    Revelations 20:9~~And they went up on the breadth of the earth,
    and compassed the camp of the saints about,
    and the beloved city:
    and fire came down from God out of heaven,
    and devoured them.

    ~~~~ODE TO THE FALLEN~~~
    Fear not thy enemies might,
    We will not go softly into that dark night,
    You may shed your tears on ground zero’s dust,
    But our retribution will be swift and just,

    While satan has released his mongrel hordes,
    They will rue the day they drew their swords,
    This sleeping giant they did awaken ,
    We’ll rest not until our vengeance is slacken.

    Rest ye gently in your graves ,whose lives were flung aside,
    Know that your loss we will not abide,
    The perpetrators of this degeneracy,
    Will pay dearly for their obscenity.

  7. 2010 September 11 4:08 pm
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    JustMary permalink

    My flag today flies
    Against solemn skies
    As it flies each and every September
    I hope that each time somebody drives by
    They take a moment to remember

    We go about our lives
    It is easy to do
    Thinking of dinner and bills
    Or today’s traffic gridlock
    A news story shock
    Or whatever else that we will

    But if we just take a moment
    Bow our heads and thank God
    For the air we still hold in our chest
    We’ll find that we’re blessed
    And we’ll pray for the families
    Of the ones 9/11 laid to rest

  8. 2010 September 11 4:08 pm
    [8]
    JustMary permalink

    Grateful for heroes
    Those living and those who fell
    Selfless bravery

  9. 2010 September 11 4:12 pm
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    TLS permalink

    Thank you all. It seems like such a small thing for these heroes.

  10. 2010 September 11 4:13 pm
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    justrand permalink

    folks, the poems you offered are wonderful…and full of remembrance. I’m remembering too, but more remembering how angry I was and am. Thus poems like this are buzzing about in my head (and I’m a terrible “poet” anyway!)

    I cannot forgive…even less forget.
    I have malice towards some…but have no regret.
    The malice is for those who seek to enslave,
    My loved ones, my friends, the Home of the Brave!
    So I’ll die on my feet, but won’t kneel to a threat.

  11. 2010 September 11 4:13 pm
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    TLS permalink

    A group of U.S. citizens
    Went to bed one night
    Not knowing they would find themselves
    Soldiers come dawn’s light

    That morning evil joined them
    On a now infamous flight
    Bound for San Francisco
    On a morning clear and bright

    Phones and cells were working ~
    A tiny ray of light
    Until loved ones told of others
    Whom fate hadn’t given time to fight

    Those men and women prayed
    Not to ask “why me?”
    But that God grant them the courage
    And strength to fight for the free

    They knew this fateful mission
    Would also be their last
    But unanimously they chose us
    When the final vote was cast

    It took off like any other
    But when the fight was done
    The passengers and crew of Flight 93
    Were soldiers every one

    There is no shortage of evil
    That hates our way of life
    But there are also selfless Patriots
    Who are willing to stand and fight

    Washington crossed the Delaware
    When the Red Coats thought him done,
    We raised the flag on Iwo Jima
    In the Empire of the Rising Sun.

    The German’s met the Devil Dogs
    In Belleau Wood but lost their souls
    And in a field in Pennsylvania
    Echoes the battle cry ‘Let’s Roll’!”

  12. 2010 September 11 4:13 pm
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    JustMary permalink

    Bravery in stairwells
    Bravery in planes
    Bravery from unlikely heroes
    Memories remain

    Bravery in the face of danger
    Bravery in fear
    Bravery in holding on
    When you lose somebody dear

    Bravery in the little hearts
    Of kids who lost a Mom
    Bravery to smile
    When they sing her favorite song

    Bravery in the little hearts
    Of kids who lost a Dad
    Bravery in smiling
    When their hearts are truly sad

    Bravery from parents
    Who lost daughters and sons
    Bravery as their hearts ache
    Each time they tell someone

    Bravery may be required
    Of each of us sometime
    What we do when we’re called to be
    Will determine depth of shine

  13. 2010 September 11 4:18 pm
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    JustMary permalink

    No war with Islam?
    Obama fooling no one
    Save for the naive

  14. 2010 September 11 4:30 pm
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    justrand permalink

    Ode to the Jihadi War Memorial at Ground Zero

    They can build their mosque wherever they please,
    When the Grand Mosque in Mecca sells BLTs.
    And I won’t look at them like potential shooters,
    When downtown Riyadh has a chain of “Hooters”.
    The forecast in Hell on that day will be “hard freeze”!

  15. 2010 September 11 4:57 pm
    [15]
    JustMary permalink

    For the 10 year anniversary
    Will a mosque then be erected?
    Symbolizing fake victory
    O’er freedom they rejected?
    Or will we come to our senses
    Put our foot down and say no?
    For the fallen have no need
    Of any “tolerance” to show

  16. 2010 September 11 4:57 pm
    [16]
    janzam permalink

    When the Grand Mosque in Mecca sells BLTs.

    There’s an interesting ring to that phrase, Justrand.

    Although today has been full of 9/11 remembrances, from all kinds of sources, I think that the BJG people have done a very well-rounded and consistent homage to the people who died that day.

    The threads, videos, remarks, individual write-ups, and now a dedicated poetry evening is indeed a remarkable display of empathy and honor to those who lost their lives that day, and for everyone else who remembers and grieves for such a senseless loss of innocent lives.

  17. 2010 September 11 5:08 pm
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    TLS permalink

    It’s not a poem, but this is my favorite version of Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” because of the focus on our firefighters. It’s also the ending that should have been.

  18. 2010 September 11 5:21 pm
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    justrand permalink

    TLS that’s the first time I’ve seen that ending…WOW. Since that is EXACTLY what should have happened. EXACTLY.

    We should have dedicated ourselves to opening those towers again within 2 years…and EVERYONE who wanted to piss and moan about this or that should have been told to STFU. The Empire State Bldg went up in ONE year…but they didn’t have to remove two towers worth or rubble to do it. So two years was easily doable. As it is we have 30 STORIES of ONE tower built in 9 YEARS. A disgrace!! And the little people who forced change after change after change after CHANGE knew EXACTLY what the effect of all those changes was.

    One last thought about Lee Greenwood’s song (one of my favorite): Michelle Obama was NEVER proud to be an American…until her husband was nominated for President. THAT sticks in my throat too!

  19. 2010 September 11 5:31 pm
    [19]
    justrand permalink

    an excellent slideshow, with Amazing Grace as backdrop. Hatip Rantburg

  20. 2010 September 11 5:42 pm
    [20]
    mpthompson permalink

    TLS, agreed regarding the ending. New towers should have been built astride the footprint of the two older towers as was proposed, but rejected. And it should have been done within 4 to 5 years. Would have been a FU to the terrorists.

  21. 2010 September 11 5:45 pm
    [21]
    judyt2009 permalink

    This day is just too hard to take…

  22. 2010 September 11 5:48 pm
    [22]
    drdog09 permalink

    A distant drum rolls,
    Yet it calls not for thee.

    A trumpet sounds heralding the coming storm,
    Yet it calls not for thee?

    A chain rattles ever closer,
    It comes for thee.

    Thee are not asleep,
    are thou not?

  23. 2010 September 11 6:26 pm
    [23]
    TLS permalink

    #19 and 20, we should have built them exactly the same except one story taller.

  24. 2010 September 11 6:40 pm
    [24]
    brucefdb permalink

    Wow, you guys did well. Hard to have a dry eye after reading these posts. TLS you’re a superstar here. God bless you guys.

  25. 2010 September 11 6:45 pm
    [25]
    retlaw permalink

    Teaching a class full of high school innocence
    on that 9/11 day
    While evil lurked aboard four planes
    where the devil worked his way.

    The shocking news began to spread
    and we turned the TVs on
    We watched in surreal disbelief
    to see the evil done.

    With tear stain cheeks and through
    tear blurred eyes
    We saw the horror unfold and
    imagined the innocents cries.

    Saw the heroes who rushed forward
    to aid those in need
    Watched helplessly as heroes too became
    victims of this barbaric deed.

    American rallied together, linked arms
    and joined hands
    Counterattacked those behind it
    in far away lands.

    We honor those whose lives ended
    in a blink of an eye
    Who were simply living their lives
    just like you and I.

    Because of God’s Son and God’s
    infinite love
    There will be a reunion with loved ones
    in Heaven above.

  26. 2010 September 11 6:46 pm
    [26]
    JustMary permalink

    WOW, retlaw. Just wow. That was wonderful.

  27. 2010 September 11 6:49 pm
    [27]

    Kudos to walter of retlaw fame,
    A rose is still a rose by any other name.

  28. 2010 September 11 7:15 pm
    [28]
    justrand permalink

    I took an hour off to watch the FoxNews 9/11 special…incredibly well done.

    you should all watch it…AMERICA should watch it.

    I am saddened all over…and pissed off all over!

  29. 2010 September 11 7:34 pm
    [29]
    MI Conservative permalink

    Just got back from MI/ND football game.

    I’ve been reading the posts about 9-11 and you all have done yourself proud!! Great Job.

    Everyone here is wonderful.

  30. 2010 September 11 7:45 pm
    [30]
    TLS permalink

    Just finished watching the FNC special as well. It still has an air of disbelief.

    Thanks Bruce! It’s an honor to be in such talented company.

  31. 2010 September 11 7:53 pm
    [31]
    mulletover permalink

    Excellent, just excellent.

    God Bless you all.

  32. 2010 September 11 8:26 pm
    [32]
    retlaw permalink

    This poem post and all of the other posts today here at BJG commemorating those who died in the 9/11 attack on America are excellent and quite touching.

    I am proud that I have fellow Americans like all of you who care so deeply for your country, your fellow man and all that is right and good in God’s creation.

    With all of you and so many people like you throughout our great country, there is hope indeed that we WILL survive, overcome, and restore sanity and prosperity–and the ideals of our founding fathers from which we have so dangerously strayed.

  33. 2010 September 11 8:35 pm
    [33]
    judyt2009 permalink

    my dear bjg friends… i know you have written excellent poems…but I’ve been fighting tears all day… I could not read your poems or remembrances….this day is just too much… too raw…

  34. 2010 September 11 8:46 pm
    [34]
    JustMary permalink

    I understand, Judy. Don’t know that it will ever be less painful.

  35. 2010 September 11 8:55 pm
    [35]
    TLS permalink

    IP, I have to tell you, I am so struck by your poem #6. As someone who writes, I have a love for poetry because it challenges you to choose your words wisely and say important things with few words. And when you acheive it, it is perfection. Like this:

    Rest ye gently in your graves ,whose lives were flung aside,

    I’ve come back to that over and over this evening.

  36. 2010 September 11 8:58 pm
    [36]
    retlaw permalink

    Judy,

    I have always found these words from the scriptures calming. RWY used these same words at the end of his Project 2996 post he put up earlier today.

    “The LORD bless you and keep you;
    The LORD make His face shine upon you,
    And be gracious to you;
    The LORD lift up His countenance upon you,

    And give you peace.”

    So many things in this world that befall us are hard for us mortals to bear and understand. All the more reason why we must lean on God to strengthen and comfort us–and give us peace in our soul.

    [Sending a little prayer your way for God to help lift your sorrow…]

  37. 2010 September 11 9:05 pm
    [37]
    retlaw permalink

    The heartfelt sharings by all of you in what you have posted here tonight has been very moving.

    All of you have a supurb talent in expressing what is in your heart and mind.

    JM, if you are still considering (or actively doing) a book of the best poems from BJG you certainly have a treasure trove of extremely worthy poetic entries that members of the BJG family have shared tonight.

  38. 2010 September 11 9:06 pm
    [38]
    JustMary permalink

    Adding my prayers to retlaw’s, Judy.

  39. 2010 September 11 9:17 pm
    [39]
    justrand permalink

    folks, I am proud and humbled to be part of our BJG family. we’ll need each other in the days ahead…hold fast my friends!

  40. 2010 September 11 10:28 pm
    [40]
    mpthompson permalink

    Scanning some British web sites just to get their take on what they see happening in America over the last few weeks. Many comments from all sides — just like this side of the Atlantic. However I came across one comment defending America that struck me:

    If America is so bad, consider this. Would you rather be a Muslim minority living in America or a Non-Muslim minority living in any Islamic country.

  41. 2010 September 11 10:36 pm
    [41]
    JustMary permalink

    Excellent comment.

  42. 2010 September 11 10:47 pm
    [42]
    mpthompson permalink

    I also came across a handful of Brits observing the Tea Party phenomena from the the United Kingdom and hoping that a similar movement takes hold in their country. That would be cool to see.

  43. 2010 September 12 12:02 am
    [43]

    18 – Yes that is a total disgrace, there really is no excuse for it and ironically it’s the families that cause a large portion of the delays. Those towers (both of them) should have been rebuilt almost exactly (at least outside appearance) and finished in 4 years or less. 2 to remove and repair (that slury wall and other under-structure was seriously compromised) including the taking down of the buildings too far gone to save in the surrounding area, and 2yr or so to build nonstop 24×7.

    It took some time for me to understand the scope of the problems and understand some of the delays as to why it would take longer then them being built originally. But it’s been 8+ fking years, you can’t tell me they can’t move faster – we put dudes on the moon faster. Hey barry – it qualifies as a shovel ready job right? Lord knows it’s an all union job.

    But you know at this point and looking at the current schedule I frankly don’t want it finished while Barry is in office, his ass at a opening ceremony would add insult to injury.

    20\23 – exactly! + 1 level just as middle finger.

    Granted I understand such wouldn’t be commercially viable but we could have found some way around that given all the money expended from 2002-2010.

  44. 2010 September 12 12:04 am
    [44]

    40 – haha everyone knows the anwser to that one.
    42 – Fat chance, but yes it would be interesting to see.

  45. 2010 September 12 12:15 am
    [45]

  46. 2010 September 12 4:38 am
    [46]
    Bumr50 permalink

    This is truly beautiful and moving.

    I must confess that I lurk here, usually every day. I’ve found this blog to be a wonderful source of information, inspiration, and a real bastion of conservatism moving forward.

    I just wanted to take a moment and congratulate all of you on such a fine corner of the blogosphere.

    I have a “Home Blog” over at “The Blogmocracy,” and so I share most of my comments and concerns there, as there are only so many hours in the day. I hope that all of you tolerate (heh!) my shadow, and can continue with this beautiful effort.

    So congrats! Pat yourselves on the back for me!
    And thank you again.

  47. 2010 September 12 4:41 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    The whole GZ Mosque thing I want action on. If Trump is really serious about buying Rauf out then he ought to let all Americans in on the action. $100 and my name goes on the deed as a $1/100m interest in the property. In order to sell it again to anyone would take getting all 100m Americans to agree.

  48. 2010 September 12 4:43 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    Bumr50,

    Thanks for stopping by. Come back again. More the merrier here.

  49. 2010 September 12 5:47 am
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    justrand permalink

    welcome ndeed, Bumr50…lurk often, post when time permits, and help us link up forces for the November 2 election. Cheers!

  50. 2010 September 12 8:06 am
    [50]
    TLS permalink

    Nice to see you again Bumr50!

  51. 2010 September 12 8:22 am
    [51]
    TLS permalink

    I just realized that my poem at the top has 11 stanzas. heh.

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