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Prose - 9/11

Updated on October 11, 2011

You cannot kill the heart
Of freedom
You only created
Glorious martyrdom
You expected fear
But found courage
Shocking your senses
Unable to discourage
The will of the people
Hardened to pay the price
By the legacy
Of shared sacrifice
The bond
Of common cause
The light of humanity
Erecting walls
Between civilization
And evil
While you
Darkly medieval
Existing to kill
Mankind’s evolution
With death
Your final solution
And fear
The primitive tool
Of terror
To rule
From a cave
But failing
To rally the street
You assumed to be fooling
As you used
Unsuspecting zealots
Who die
For hypocritical despots
Blinded by hate
For the red glare
Of America’s strength
And ability to care
For those who are different
When they suffer
And when hurt
Only becoming tougher
Never to be deterred
From the dream
Of justice for all
As the twilight’s gleam
Reminds us
Of a vigilance
That can never end
Because the importance
Of falling floors
And a hero
Who raced up the stairs
At ground zero
Will never be forgotten
By those who live on
To carry the fight
For right over wrong
Sifted from the ashes
Of our soul
Where the pieces
Will always remain whole

All Rights Reserved. Copyright 2011. The Suburban Poet




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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @maven101 - Yes it is unfortunate but it's the way I see it... we all go back to our corners for some reason and work on our piece of the pie. It would be amazing if we could all pull in the same direction but it never seems to go that way.

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      And isn't that unfortunate...That a tragedy must be the genesis for our coming together..?

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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @DzyMsLizzy - Thank you. There is no doubt where Toby stands... he's ready to kick some ass.... I don't think the Dixie Chicks like him though...

      @Brianna P - Thank you. It was tough watching the people grieve all over again. I didn't like the cameras put so close in everyone's faces while they were at the memorial. Let them cry in peace.

      @snakeslane - Thank you for reading another hub of mine. And I'll take your word for it....

      @robie2 - That is very kind of you to say that. It's just how I feel.

      @maven101 - Hey man. Thank you again for your support. There is no ambiguity here. It is how I feel and we are all Americans when something like this happens. I agree with you concerning the "American" culture. It gets buried sometimes with everyone glorify their particular subset but a tragedy brings it all home.

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      This is a beautifully written tribute that speaks to the indefatigable American spirit that's alive and well in this land of freedom...Some may deny an " American " culture, but it is there, loud and clear, whenever that American culture, its values and freedoms, are challenged...

      Voted up and beautiful...Thank you, Larry

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      Roberta Kyle 6 years ago from Central New Jersey

      a wonderful tribute -- one of the best reflections on 9/11 I've read. Thanks so much for this

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      Verlie Burroughs 6 years ago from Canada

      Here, here, far from trite, thanks Suburban Poet!

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      Brianna P 6 years ago from Albany, NY

      Great poem! I think a lot of us felt the need to share our thoughts on the ten year anniversary.

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      Liz Elias 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @Brandonwm80 - Thank you. That is very kind of you.

      @cynamans - Thank you. We all have many emotions about it. I wanted to say something but didn't want to sound trite. We are stronger and I think we showed the world AGAIN that we are not a soft nation. I don't know why people think that...

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      cynamans 6 years ago from Washington DC

      Great Poem The Suburban poet,

      We will never forget the horror of that day. the terrorists may have taken so many precious lives but they could not take away our great American pride. We are a stronger and a more vigilant nation than ever before. I loved your message. Vote up and awesome.

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      Brandonwm80 6 years ago from Columbus Ohio

      awsome poem