Evil Overcome–a poem written 9/11/01

In remembrance of the 2700+ lives lost this day 10 years ago, I am posting a poem I wrote that day.  I know this poem was posted on a wall by the fallen towers, amidst hundreds of flyers looking for missing people. The day today begins as lovely as that 9/11/01:, which ended so tragically.  C

Evil Overcome

Our world shattered today,

hijacked planes smashing into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon,

moments of destruction

that destroyed thousands of lives




and stole our freedom

while we watched,

in horror and awe

as the terror became unimaginable.


Suddenly explosions,

horrendous fires,


the gray ash and debris flew through the city

covering all in a sick, sordid snowfall.


The explosions that rocked New York and DC,

have shattered the core of my being,

my heart twisted and aching

like the steel beams

now lying in a crater in NYC.


We hear your cries in Chicago,

they reach us all through the day

and nights

our unknown brothers and sisters,

American families all

and our tears fall with you,

our prayers for you,

our arms and hearts reach around you in comfort

in hope,

Can you feel them in the breeze?


We have the guilt of being alive,

We will never forget.


We are hopeful.

We are frightened.

We are angry and appalled.


Families destroyed,

our liberties in hiding,

we are emerging as a nation to fight as One,

to rebuild the cities

the families

the freedom

and our peace.



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