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Below is the poem entitled Amazement which was written by poet Carrie Richards. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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I stand in voiceless, transfixed gaze
Where once two towers pierced the sky 
And through a fog of stinging tears
I'm still amazed that through the years
Emotion's grip, still chokes a phrase

A day, so many years ago
We traveled up to see the stars
From high upon a rising spire
Not knowing then what we have learned
How fragile life will bend and curve
And take away in one brief day
A voice of reason, never heard

I'm back again, and through the pain
I read the names, now carved like graves
Where water streams three thousand tears
Where years can't wash away the pain
Where bitter comes the taste of rain
Yet, reverently, the voice is clear
Of hope and pride, where life begins

Raw photographs have not been blurred
In spite of where my heart was plunged
Into the darkest dungeon known
And still the blackest smoke has turned
Into amazement where I've grown
To treasure good before it's gone



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  1. Date: 7/7/2013 10:46:00 AM
    Carrie, :-) CONGRATULATIONS -in Nathan's "Razor Sharp" contest!!! awesome winning write. LOVE LOVE * Linda

  1. Date: 7/5/2013 3:06:00 PM
    A fitting epithaph and a wonderful write. Congrats on your win.

  1. Date: 7/5/2013 8:31:00 AM
    Touching and insightful write that tugs at the heartstrings. Terrific write and win Carrie. Hugs

  1. Date: 7/3/2013 1:30:00 PM
    I just loved the last line "To treasure good before it's gone". Big congrats Carrie on this win. xx

  1. Date: 7/2/2013 7:13:00 AM
    Carrie I love the positive ending. This is a fav for me. Congratulations on your fabulous win. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 7/1/2013 9:51:00 PM
    Carrie, :-) Congrats! with your awesome razor sharp poem................ SKAT

  1. Date: 7/1/2013 9:25:00 PM
    thank you once again Carrie

  1. Date: 3/20/2013 6:34:00 PM
    Congrats Carrie.....Donna

  1. Date: 3/17/2013 3:01:00 PM
    Whew!...You never cease to amaze, sad and heartbreaking and then the last verse sums it up with a positive conclusion... the gaining of knowledge and wisdom...Yes it is amazing, and so are you my friend - Tim

    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson
    Date: 3/17/2013 3:03:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    And a wonderful tribute as well...
  1. Date: 3/16/2013 9:08:00 PM
    Wonderful and awesome piece,Carrie...We are still amazed about the twin towers...Great write,Pal..Congrats on your well deserved win...Kudos to you..

  1. Date: 3/16/2013 7:43:00 PM
    A wonderful poem and right at the top where it belongs. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 3/16/2013 6:01:00 PM
    Great work in memory of the great tragedy that still holds in most Americans memories..Enjoyed reading..Congrats on your win..Sara

  1. Date: 3/16/2013 1:57:00 PM
    excellent write Carrie...congrats on your win

  1. Date: 3/16/2013 12:41:00 PM
    CARRIE, CONGRATULATIONS in Deb's contest!!! ;-) always~ PD

  1. Date: 3/16/2013 12:40:00 PM
    Gosh Carrie this is just beautiful. This poem is the best I've read on PS in a while. You deserved this first place win. Great penning girl. Warm smiles Always, Connie

  1. Date: 3/16/2013 10:03:00 AM
    I can remember watching it all unfold on television. The entire staff was in shock. Parents were calling to insist their children didn't watch. Others wanted us to make sure they saw every minute. Some just wanted their kids at home. Your poem takes me much as my visit to "ground zero". We all need to remember, and must never forget, the price they paid for the precious prize we have in freedom.

  1. Date: 3/16/2013 9:50:00 AM
    Congratulations on such a worthy win. It depicts the thoughts and emotions of so many...

  1. Date: 3/16/2013 7:44:00 AM
    Those images are burned in my brain... You have written an awesome poem on this subject... tenderness flows through. Love !! Congrats on your win !!

  1. Date: 3/16/2013 7:15:00 AM
    Your words rise above the ashes, I am in awe. Congratulations.

  1. Date: 3/16/2013 7:00:00 AM
    This one goes in my book of fav along with other trophies and moments I hold dear Carrie, this is one of your best, at least for me, love xxx