Once Blue Skies

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By: Wayne Brown


Clear blue skies on a day so full of promise across the land


The blue sky seemed but snagged on your towering spired spans


America the beautiful was awaking to yet another new day


But something sinister was amiss out across the blue airway



The first aircraft came flying in; slammed high upon the wall


Breaking down all resistance and setting fires to it all


Leaving a gaping gash to be gazed upon in sheer horror


Wondering for the moment, would there be a tomorrow?



The confusion, the panic, the unknown state of those early times


No one could fathom in that moment the horror in their minds


Minutes passed; sirens wailed, as smoke and flames choked out


Horrified people in the street ran helter-skelter all about



Then a second airplane, a fiery blast, another tower is now hit


And the awful, ugly truth is coming to light of all of it


People scream in horror; cry out from above in all their fear


Firemen, policeman, emergency crews, are finally getting here



Into the burning buildings the emergency respondents bravely did go


To find survivors and lead them down the stairs; down to safety low


Still there were those up too high, and many were their names


Who died in fear and chose to jump to avoid the burning flames



Still the valiant responders worked to save one life by one


They would not rest until all were down; each and every one


Back into the buildings, on the stairs, courage fighting their fears


To do their job and save those souls the flames were going near



Then without a warning, the first tower collapsed to the ground


Who there among them could forget that awful deafening sound?


Then the moments after with the dust as thick as any curtain


That reality hits and loss of life was the only the thing that was certain



Victims and responders in the tower as it collapsed into a pile of rubble


Emotions soaring as we look at the second tower; see the same trouble


The fears rise even higher as the horrible fate now has been shown


And the second tower collapses into a pile of smoking steel and stone



Death is all about us; trapped in this dusty flaming wreckage


Confusion reigns supreme; survivors run from the unexpected


Dust and smoke boil from the heaps coating everything around


New York is under siege; fear and confusion grip this town



And far out over Pennsylvania, Flight 93 tries to execute its plan


To fly back to Washington and bring carnage to our leaders’ land


Brave souls aboard did not wane; they fought with nerves of steel


And rode that airplane to their deaths in a Pennsylvania field



Those in the Pentagon were worried and busy with the attacks


It never dawned upon them to watch out for their own backs


Then one last plane dropped from the sky; plowed into the ground


Ripping holes into the Pentagon buildings; carnage all around



It’s been ten years since that fateful day of that surprise aerial attack


Ten long years of counting and burying our dead; trying to get back


Ten years to remember each name; the thousands who had died


Ten years mourning those tried to save them; the courage; their pride



History has marked the world with events to be eternally decried


Pearl Harbor, Nagasaki, Hiroshima, and Adolf Hitler’s genocide


And now one more marks the pages of history’s hated ugly sins


We pray for our beloved dead and vow it won’t happen ever again



©Copyright WBrown2011. All Rights Reserved.


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moneycop 5 years ago from JABALPUR

the most dreadful story.....god bless....to those who died there....but hey u have done a beauty again..thanks for sharing and creating it in poetic..form

that day when world trade center was struck ed...was the most embarrassed day to humanity the 10 year old but still alive in a form of tearing and fearing feeling in all of us...i pray again.......


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@moneycop...It was definitely an unforgettable day and should remain such. When we lose almost 3,000 people in one day here on our own soil, we need to remember the details and mourn their loss. Thanks for the good words. WB


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California

Hauntingly and tragically beautifully done! What an absolutely well-crafted and haunting tribute to all those who were lost that day, and reminder that we shall never forget them. Voted up, awesome, beautiful, interesting. (I posted it on my FB wall)

Kristen


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

A beautiful memorial to a terrible day. Thank you.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@K.Burns Darling...Thank you K., I wrestled with this one mentally...was not sure that I did it justice and somewhat reluctant to publish it in that light. I apprectiate the great feedback. WB

@Becky Katz...Thank you...I appreciate the kind words. WB


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

WB - when I clicked on the link.....the print appeared quickly and I was wondering what you had cooked up today....then the photo appeared slowly - pixels clearing the towers got larger and the puzzle piece clicked. That in and of itself gave me a little chill....excellent writing and poem. Had to stop to comment on this one!


marellen 5 years ago

I have tears in my eyes Wayne. You did a beautiful job depicting that sad day. You did it justice and I'm glad you published it...


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Wayne, you did it justice and honored those innocents whose lives were taken or forever changed that terrible day. My heart still aches, actually it hurts more now because I know what those lost have missed in these years. Bless you for writing this in simple beauty.


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

It doesn't matter what country were from, I remember exactly where I was that day and the shock and horror that overcame me and tears fell from my face. I am still in shock from that horrible event and the strength and will of the American people, working together to help each man, woman and child who were trapped inside.

The first responders I honor and salute and can't thank them enough for serving their countrymen the way they did and many gave up their own lives for that cause. Wayne you have written a heart wrenching tribute to that awful day and I thank you and salute you sir...


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snakeslane 5 years ago from Canada

So good to see this tribute, been thinking about this sad anniversary all day, good work!


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Fennelseed 5 years ago from Australia

I also remember the breaking news on the car radio as I drove to work that morning here in Australia and the disbelief of all I encoutered that day. Could it possibly be real or some War of the Worlds type delusion? If only. Your poem captures that day and the aftermath with great compassion and the events that are indeed "history’s hated ugly sins".


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@RealHousewife...Thank you. I found that photo chillingly related to my chosen title...Once Blue Skies. This is a time in history we should never forget. WB

@marellen...Thank you. Sorry to make you sad but it is important that we remember such a day. WB

Hypenbird...Thank you, so glad the words came to me when I sat down to write this. WB

@saddlerider1...What you sad is true, Ken...one never forgets the first moment they realized what was happening on that day and exactly where they were at the moment. I have had one other experience as such and that was the Kennedy Assassination. Thanks much. WB

@snakeslane...Thank you so much. So glad that I could do it. WB

@Fennelseed...Thank you. Indeed it does go down with that list as being a very ugly day in the history of the world. WB


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

What a wonderful tribute to the men and women who worked to save victims of the World Trade Center bombings and those who tried to spare the Pentagon. Your images are so real -- New York is under siege; fear and confusion grip this town

I have avoided hearing Amazing Grace for 15 years (since my Mom's funeral), but I listened to your video tonight . . . and it is beautiful. Thanks for sharing. May we all remember the day -- so we can work towards never repeating it.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Truckstop Sally...Amazing Grace has such a healing sound to it...sad yet uplifting in some ways...maybe it is a form of purification by music, I don't know. Thanks for all the good words! WB


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Beautifully crafted, Wayne, and a splendid tribute. I don’t think any of us will ever forget where we were on that day, during those horrific moments. Words fail me just now, as tears fill my eyes with great sadness over what happened; the thousands who lost their lives, as well the many stories of bravery and courage in the face of such infamy and terror. Thank you for this amazing hub.


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Zabbella 5 years ago from NJ-USA

This was a beautiful tribute.


Deb Welch 5 years ago

Awesome and beautiful. I could feel the people rushing about when I was reading your lines. Excellent Hub in Tribute for a Horrific Day in our lives. Thumbs up.


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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

Great tribute Wayne, voted up, dust


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Genna East....Thank you, Genna. Glad I could do justice to the subject...a monumental one. WB

@Zabbella...Thank you so much! WB

@Deb Welch...Thank you, glad I could put you in the action with my words. WB

@50 Caliber...Thanks Dusty, I appreciate the good words. WB


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

This poem was a beautiful tribute and reminder to us all of the brave on that awful day.

You captured the spirit of the initial confusion and the overall sadness in a wonderful poem.

Thank you and God bless.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Dim Flaxenwick...Thank you, I am so glad I could capture that span of time in verse. WB


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thebluestar 5 years ago from Northern Ireland

Wayne, I remember sitting at home in the evening and watching this terrible event unfold on sky television. I could not believe what my eyes were seeing or what my ears were hearing. One of the things that appreciate the most in the American citizen is there compassion for fellow human beings, and their ability to shed a tear for others. If only more Brits could follow the example. Many watch and listen, and even more walk away.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@thebluestar...Compassion has always been at America's heart although I am not sure how long that will be so. We seem more interested now in just wasting money. This was a day never to be forgotten in America (I hope). Political Correctness is already calling us out not to blame anyone in particular for it so you see we have some forces at work in America who care little for the truth. WB

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