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2001 Christmas

Among a family’s holiday table
 sits an empty chair
We never knew who that person was
 only that last year they were there
Thousands of gatherings like this one
 unfortunately taking place this season
After senseless shocking tragedy
 so difficult to understand its reason
All that we took for granted
 everything from yesterday
Now so fragile and meaningful
 could so readily be taken away
If we let our greatest emotion be fear
 then our fight has already come to an end
If we could only replace anger with strength
 and hatred with hope
 maybe our dreams we could defend
Each step we take leads to a greater one
 through unity we shall endure
Never to tolerate terrorists living among us
 to see broken skylines and shattered lives restored
This holiday, please pray for all who were lost
 along with those who may never be found
Their loved ones grieve, yet continue to go on
 as dust still settles on sacred ground

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  1. Date: 3/20/2011 2:47:00 PM
    Toucing and true. Thank you for your introspection.