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GROUND ZERO Today as I stand here, With your name engraved not just on stone But in the hearts of millions who thank you For not letting them cry, I feel proud that it was you… We wish you were here, There’s not a day we don’t think of you. There’s not a minute we don’t miss you. But we’re glad you ran into death So that a thousand others could walk into life. It was not your duty, You weren’t meant to be there, But you took it up, Did what you had to do As a citizen of the global world. The little ones will never know What a wonderful person you were. But they’ll always know that You were a hero… How you died for the greater good… Tears, grief, pride, longing - a blend of everything. Its been ten years, ten long years But the memory’s still fresh and cutting. It still hurts to know That you could be here had you stayed back. But you didn’t and that’s made you a hero. You ran straight into it While a thousand others were running away. Your death is history…. Millions died with you But you stand out ‘coz you made your choice. As I stand here, I know that a decade ago, today You were here somewhere, Running into a cloud of dust and ashes Searching for the smallest sign of movement To bring them back to life. Somewhere between the despair and hope You forgot to breathe… I pray every day that History would rewind itself Back to that fateful September morning, Not because I want to hold you back… But because I want to come with you… It would have made a difference. I know it would have… I know you’re with me In my dreams, in my daily life Laughing at my blunders, Guiding me through hardships. My guardian angel… On this September morning, Not exactly the same as before, Here I am telling the world That my twin brother died Saving the victims of 9/11.

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  1. Date: 5/14/2015 8:04:00 PM
    :)sweet win...Linda

  1. Date: 5/14/2015 5:46:00 PM
    Neethu, Congrats on the nice win. SKAT love

  1. Date: 5/10/2015 8:24:00 PM
    Neethu.. Congrats on your big win!

  1. Date: 5/10/2015 4:02:00 PM
    Congrats on your win in the Jadazzle United contest. I am sorry Darren wasn't around to do the final judging with me but I know he rated this poem highly for its unique take on the theme when we started to judge the contest last year:-) Hugs Jan xx

  1. Date: 9/10/2012 1:26:00 PM
    Congratulations on your well deserved win in the contest of Joyce "My Favorite" Neethu. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/8/2012 9:59:00 PM
    A beautiful tribute to your brother. Just lovely.Congratulations on your win. Well done Lee

  1. Date: 9/8/2012 7:48:00 PM
    WOW! Congrats on a well-deserved 1st place win, Neethu! So much emotion, so powerful! Excellent! Love, Kim

  1. Date: 9/8/2012 12:18:00 PM
    i remember this one! had to win... congo

  1. Date: 9/8/2012 11:40:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win!!Loved this first time around.

  1. Date: 9/8/2012 3:58:00 AM
    Congratulations Roy a well deserved win here ,well done xx

  1. Date: 9/7/2012 8:13:00 PM
    Neethu, congratulations, in Joyce's favorite contest... good night~ PD

  1. Date: 9/7/2012 4:26:00 PM
    a beautiful and heart-wrenching tribute to your brother. congratulations on your well-deserved win!

  1. Date: 9/7/2012 3:32:00 PM
    Dear Neethu: There was never a doubt after I read this heart wrenching poem that it would rate no. 1 in my contest. I am glad to find out who wrote it and I will be looking at more or your offerings. Congratulations. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 8/23/2012 5:15:00 PM
    such a sad poem. Congratulations on your big win in John's contest. hugs, Catie :)

  1. Date: 8/21/2012 11:04:00 AM
    Truly touching dedication. Congratulations on the win!

  1. Date: 8/21/2012 6:21:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved placement in John Heck's "Dazzled" contest Neethu. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/20/2012 8:00:00 PM
    wow, obvious to see how it got picked. Congratulations!!

  1. Date: 8/20/2012 12:22:00 PM
    A very moving poem. Congratulations on your well deserved win.

  1. Date: 8/20/2012 7:25:00 AM
    A touching tribute to your brother, a true hero and caring soul. Congrats on your win and God bless you always. Love, Rhonda :))

  1. Date: 8/20/2012 6:06:00 AM
    This is so touching. Congratulations on your win!