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Watching 9/11

Updated on September 10, 2012

In memoriam


The woman on the television said,

I thought it was the end, and so I prayed

To Jesus, Thank you for my life. The dead

Were falling from the sky, or burned, or laid

Like broken promises across our altars.

This woman lit her courage like a candle,

Glimmering, before all whispers faltered

Before the lights were snuffed out by the Vandals.

She thought it was the end, and so did I,

The both of us surprised into the light,

The choking clouds, the dazzled tears we cried

Dispelled in daylight, bittersweet and bright.


Thank you for my life, O Lord. Please mend

My disbelief, for this is not the end.


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    • mollymeadows profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Strain 

      6 years ago from The Shire

      Thank you, Xstatic! It was so surreal -- I still have trouble believing that it actually happened. I appreciate your visit, and your kind words.

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      Jim Higgins 

      6 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      A wonderfully written remembrance of a terrible time, Molly.

    • mollymeadows profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Strain 

      6 years ago from The Shire

      Thank you, Gypsy! None of us will ever forget; it was one of the most terrible days in American history.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Wonderful tribute. God bless.

    • mollymeadows profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Strain 

      6 years ago from The Shire

      Thank you, Teaches. I appreciate your kindness!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Yes, all was so somber that day but some people did survive. Thank God for his mercy. Lovely poem and such a heartfelt story.

    • mollymeadows profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Strain 

      6 years ago from The Shire

      Always, I agree. And thank you for your visit. I always appreciate your comments!

    • mollymeadows profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Strain 

      6 years ago from The Shire

      Thank you for your comments, MM! I appreciate your looking in, and your kindness.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      911 will forever be embedded in our psyche. I shutter to think what the people went through on the three planes, plus the people inside the towers. My prayer is that people will unite today like they did that horrible day. Thank you..Beautiful..

    • mollymeadows profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Strain 

      6 years ago from The Shire

      Thank you, Suzette. That woman's words just stuck in my mind. I thought that of all the prayers one might possibly pray, "Thank you for my life" was one of the most poignant. It really stayed with me.

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      Mary Strain 

      6 years ago from The Shire

      Faith my friend, you're welcome to drop in any time you like :-) And thank you for sharing.

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Beautiful Molly, thank you.

    • mollymeadows profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Strain 

      6 years ago from The Shire

      Cleaner, thank God indeed! As bad as it was, it could have been even worse. Some think that the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania was headed for Washington. I appreciate your comments...thank you for visiting.

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      Mary Strain 

      6 years ago from The Shire

      Hi Debbie -- thanks for looking in, and for your kindness.

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      Suzette Walker 

      6 years ago from Taos, NM

      What a lovely tribute to 9/11. I love the images in your poem. Well done and well said.

    • mollymeadows profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Strain 

      6 years ago from The Shire

      Lol Bill -- and don't be hasty! I'm glad you enjoyed this one but I know I'll soon turn out an epic whose length will appall every reader I have XD! I can't help it -- my car came without any brakes -- it just runs on! ;-) Thanks for the visit!

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      Mary Strain 

      6 years ago from The Shire

      Thank you, Faith! I'm glad it touched you. I know we're all thinking about our country today. Thank you for your encouragement, and for the vote of confidence. You're always very kind. :-)

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      Mary Strain 

      6 years ago from The Shire

      Sparklea, I remember where I was too; I was at my Dad's house on that day and he called me into the living room. When the second tower fell there was a lot of smoke and he said, "I can't see the tower any more," and I told him, "There's nothing behind the smoke, Dad. The tower's gone." It was a horrible thing to witness; we were all traumatized, through the television, almost as if we were there. Thank you for visiting, and for the vote of confidence.

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      Mary Strain 

      6 years ago from The Shire

      Girishpuri, thank you. I remember the gratitude I felt as an American when people from all over the world sent their condolences on 9/11. It brought out the best in so many.

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Molly - I thought I commented a little bit a go, but anway, this is such a profound and beautitul poem. God bles you for writing it. I have to share it. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      cleaner3 

      6 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      very nice write , thank god more were not lost in a senseless attack against America.

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      Debbie Pinkston 

      6 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      Beautiful...thank you.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate that this was short; when the right words are chosen it is not necessary to bother with length, and you chose all the right words. Great job Molly!

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Molly - this poem is stunningly beautiful. Very vivid painted words. Voted Way Up across the board, except funny. Thank you for writing such a beautiful piece here. God bless you dear one. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Sparklea 

      6 years ago from Upstate New York

      mollymeadows: thank you for this sincere dedication from your heart and soul. Voted UP.

      Today is, indeed, a sad day. Whom of us does not remember where we were or what we were doing at that tragic moment of travesty? I also remember where I was and what I was doing when President Kennedy was assassinated.

      Regardless, I STILL believe in the goodness of humanity. Yes, there is so much evil in this world. But I choose to FOCUS on all the GOOD in this world. And to determine to be a part of that goodness.

      God bless you, and thank you. Sparklea :)

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      Girish puri 

      6 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Irreparable loss, God bless all.

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