Prose - Bin Laden

You changed our lives forever
And tried to make us feel unsafe
Our brothers opened heaven's windows
Leaping to their deaths in faith
As love raced upstairs with no fear
Our pride burst with brave tears
Today we remember still
One day lasted ten years
We viewed the wreckage of your hatred
A graveyard for the chosen few
As we dug up our heroic memories
We knew what we had to do
As those with raised hands risked their lives
We believed our determination to be just
We ask if the unbroken circle will heal
And for an end to the blood lust

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maven101 5 years ago from Northern Arizona

Timely and articulate prose ( love raced upstairs ) that conveys what most Americans feel...

Voted up and beautiful...Larry

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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@maven - thank you very much... there is no ambiguity in my mind on this one. We are all Americans and this day was long in coming...

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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

Yes it was long in coming, brilliant words for the times

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3angelspower 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario

Strong words filled with sincere emotions, and true feelings about a day to remember forever.

Nan Mynatt 5 years ago

Thanks for expressing what we as Americans felt and are overjoyed in the victory today.

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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Michael Adams - thank you for saying that... it's hard to believe that 10 years have passed.... incredible.

@3angelspower - yeah it's how I feel. I think just about everybody feels the same.

@Nan - thank you again Nan for following me. I felt like saying something...

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vietnamvet68 5 years ago from New York State

Americans celebrating in the streets of NY City and elsewhere for the killing of one man, this makes us no better than them. Ask yourself one question are we Americans better than anyone else in this world, I think not, but we act like we are better and want to invade other countries to take what we want all in the name of what? We kill innoent people all the time, but I guess American lives are worth more and we call ourselves good Christians.

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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@vietnamvet - thanks for commenting. True dignity is so scarce in this world; I wish we could just quietly acknowledge that it needed to be done with a feeling of closure for those who lost their lives on 9/11. It is a tragedy for the human race all the way around... I believe Jesus felt everyone was special; hell America wasn't even around back then now was it?

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SilentReed 5 years ago from Philippines

@vietnamvet68 expresses my very sentiment.It is usually the soldiers and people who have experience directly the horrors of war who appreciate the value of peace.But peace must also be tempered with justice.Hopefully this will bring closure to the families of the victims of 9/11.

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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@SilentReed - I have no problem with vietnamvet's viewpoint. It is a very complicated matter. Can nations forgive? People can but it seems the machinery requires an eye for an eye at this level. I was VERY disappointed at the pep rally scenes we saw. I wanted quiet approval and no more. I wrote this poem and put in my Facebook page not long after I heard the news. I wanted to say something and it's hard to be happy and sad at the same time. I hope the circle of violence, hate and revenge will be broken.

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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

You feel the same as i do. I was glad that he couldn't hurt people any more, yet, i remembered that he had a Mother.

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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@always exploring - It's a very difficult thing; to be happy and then think about the reality of walking in and just shooting him in the head. There are so many technical issues involved; are we at war? Should we have captured him? Maybe he resisted. What should a Christian think and feel? I think the soldiers did a very brave thing and I understand the need to pursue bin Laden so I'm not going to question those men as it was dangerous and they had to think quickly. We have the luxury of analysis and time. If you are interested you might google the name "Rashard Mendenhall." He is a football player for the Pittsburgh Steelers and made some controversial tweets that appeared to be questionning what we did. It's very interesting and is one of those things that challenges our notion of free speech. As the Dixie Chicks about that...

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pmccray 5 years ago from Utah

How poigant and riveting. This day was long in coming, a day of reckoning for those who lost, and gave up their lives for the good fight.

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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@pmccray - thank you. Yes it was long in coming... too long. I don't understand all the problems associated with the search. It seems it should have happened years ago...

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CarolineChicago 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

Thank you for this poem--very well describes the emotions of last Sunday / Monday. I too wished for quiet reflection and approval--but maybe that comes with age and maturity. Most of those kids at the pep rallies we saw on TV were just that--kids. I was disappointed in them, but they have lived with this war on terror for close to or more than half of their lives. I try to remember how we felt when the Berlin Wall came down. I don't know . . . very complicated issues. But a great poem!

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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@CarolineChicago - thank you for your comment. It's a tough thing to celebrate death. I prefer to acknowledge what needs to be done with hope that the circle of violence will end; but how can it? Al Queda now swears revenge.... You're probably right about it being young kids; maybe a bit liquored up... it is complicated but in the long everyone needs to understand themselves and why they react the way they do.

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Marina Lester 5 years ago

I love visiting you, this piece couldn't be more appropriate and what we all want and need to hear. As a canadian it happened next door but we all felt it, cried my tears as I watched people hurl themselves from a hellish reality... The flow was superb, excellent. You have my vote.

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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Hey Marina! Sorry I took so long to respond. I appreciate your support. I don't know if you read the comments but I wanted to say some quiet words about a terrible thing that needed to be done but I'm not dancing in the streets. As you may have read this morning the revenge game has already started and innocent Pakistani's are now paying for what happened. The cycle of violence will in fact ramp up because of the asassination and as poets we have to decide what we are about: war? death? revenge? Or peace?

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