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911~ And You Wondered Where He Was

 And You Wondered
Where He Was
The Tears Of A Flag


 On September 11, 2001
we had the blood
of 2,977 innocent lives
shed upon American soil
all in the name of hate..

During the attacks
2,996 people were killed
(including the 19 hijackers)
and more than 6,000 others injured.
These immediate deaths included
265 on the four planes
(including the terrorists),
2,606 in the World Trade Center
and in the surrounding area,
and 125 at the Pentagon

They Will All Be In Our Hearts Forever

For those who are unable to view the video

 And She Cried
If Our Flag Could Talk

It is a beautiful sun filled morning
yet I have an unexplained sense of evil
and sadness around me.
The city is awake as travelers
make their way to work and parents
getting their children to school.
I look across at Time Square
and notice the time is 8:46am
and thinking you better hurry
or you will be late for work.

Suddenly I hear an explosion.
I look in the direction of the sound
and see smoke coming from the North Tower
of the World Trade Center.
An airplane has crashed into it's side.

There is mass confusion.
Police and Fire Fighters
are rushing into the Tower
to help the people exit to safety.
Oh Dear Lord
people are jumping out of the windows
and falling to the street below.
What is this hell
that has been cast upon us?

Looking back at Time Square
I see the time now is 9:03 am.
People stare in shock and disbelief
now as a second plane flies directly
into the South Tower.

The streets are littered
with paper and debris
from the offices in the two Towers.

It is 9:37 am
There are reports of another plane
flying into the Pentagon in Washington D.C.
I don't understand.
What is happening?
Who could wish such horrid wishes
or even entertain
such unthinkable thoughts.
Why is this happening in a country
that represents Freedom
and welcomes strangers from any land
to pursue a better life?
A life of Freedom, in my America?

It's now 9:59am
People are now running
from that direction as I witness
the the South Tower crumbling
to the street below.
Trapping thousands ...
Moms and Dads,
Sisters and Brothers,
Sons and Daughters.


Oh the dust, the smoke, the flying debris
is so thick you can see nothing.
It is all but impossible to breathe.
The pain of what has happened
is so great you can feel nothing else.

I try to reason when I know
deep inside there is none.

It is now 10:03 am
I hear the words echoing in the air
 'Lets Roll'.
And yet another report
of a hijacked plane crashing
in Summerset County in Pennsylvania

It is now 10:28
as I witness the North Tower
tumbling to join her sister
that already lay
upon the street below

I look across
at the Lady of the harbor.
Even though the air
is thick with smoke
and visibility is poor,
I see something
glistening on her cheek
in the last few remaining rays
of the morning sun.
It is but one lone tear.

ღ KKD ღ

Original by
Donna DeLong Matthews
Gold Pen Ghost
(All rights reserved)

September 2001 Poem Written
Re-posted 2002 Re-posted
Revised 2003 Graphics revised  
Re-posted 2007 Video

September 2018

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