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Like a thief in the night -Thinking of September 11th

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Like a thief in the night -Thinking of September 11th

Another morning I got up and my thoughts returned here. Just wanted to put something of
the memory that lingers still today from scenes we saw of September 11th.  Scenes we would
like to but will never and should never forget.  I do not wish to cause further despair to
anyone but if anything bring some hope to those who are suffering safe in the knowledge
that they have the world behind them.  What has happened cannot be undone but with
strength and assistance from those who had the core torn from them as the horrors unfolded
and they watched on in disbelief we can be there for one another.  We can make sure the
memory of this tragic affair lives on, and in doing so help keep our own souls alive and
kicking... in hope all was not in vain, but that we shall learn from it and let the
promise of peace win through.  My heart and thoughts go out to all.
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It doesn't matter today
if we build a building of immense height
like North and South towers of World Trade Centre
even if to use as defence system
just as we would have built a castle on a hill
in times gone by - times have changed
New buildings and memorials will now stand
in recognition of who/what was on said land
Their memories will always continue
as will the vision on t.v. all did view
Where minds stood still in disbelief
while strike after strike we all felt grief
Where tears were shed by billions of eyes
War was declared with no defence in skies

It doesn't matter today
we most probably wouldn't even see
as our enemies approached
Like a thief in the night they came
stealing from us that most precious
those whom we loved or cared about

What matters today
is that for all eternity history has been made
Times we cannot change
Broken genealogical lines gone forever
Marks made on the landscape - irreplaceable
Never can anything stand for what was again
Humanity and psychological effect remains
We may not all have lost those known to us
but we stand together shoulder to shoulder
Encircling those that remain
Knowing each one of us had our soul torn
Our eyes darkened by Hells darkest Angels
When none could believe that before their eyes
Planes came crashing through the skies

Out of ashes a phoenix, a nation arises
and with it the world reawakens
We will not sleep but remember
A tragic time when so high a cost was paid
with unknowing souls now recognised
What right to take such brave innocent lives

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  1. Date: 1/16/2011 7:40:00 AM
    Emotional write Anna-Marie and a fateful eventful day in American History forever etched in our hearts and souls.. I live right outside New York and it was brutal to see this happen but your words are touching and uniquely reflective of the emotions that transpired that horrific moment.. billions of tears and still... tremendous piece luv..

  1. Date: 1/15/2011 9:14:00 AM
    You have said this so well; it is as if I am back there on September 11 again. Thank you for writing this. Congratulations on your winning placement in the contest. Very well deserved. Deb

  1. Date: 1/14/2011 9:49:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved win Anna-Marie in Carolyn Devonshire's contest "Dazzle Us With History". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 1/14/2011 8:04:00 AM
    Congrats, Anna-Marie. Outstanding write. Enjoyed. Nice going. xxxRalph

  1. Date: 1/14/2011 4:18:00 AM
    Hi Anna-Marie. Congratulations on your achievement with this fine historical piece, Eamon

  1. Date: 1/13/2011 5:33:00 PM
    congrats..its obvious that you put a lot of thought and care into this winning poem. BG

  1. Date: 1/13/2011 4:15:00 PM
    Warm congratulations on your fine win in the History Contest, Anna-Marie. Any thing that reminds me of 911 always bring fresh tears.. Remarkable work! Always, Annalise

  1. Date: 1/13/2011 3:08:00 PM
    Good reminder of that fated day..Congratulations..Sara

  1. Date: 1/13/2011 1:05:00 PM
    Many congratulations Anna-Marie on your win in the history contest. Your words relive this tragic day in Sept 2001. It's another of those moments in history where one remembers where they were. Well done once again....:)

  1. Date: 1/13/2011 12:06:00 PM
    Congratulations Anna, on your worthy poem's place. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 1/13/2011 10:28:00 AM
    A very emotional part of history, well described. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 1/13/2011 10:02:00 AM
    Anna-Marie, Congratulations on your win with this outstanding poem. James and I judged separately assigning points to all 37 entries and the competition was incredible. Just tabulating the rankings took hours. Take pride in your accomplishment. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 1/11/2011 10:27:00 PM
    wow, one of the best I have ever read about 9/11. This one has got to score high if it's for the history contest. I have seen about three others that were simply outstanding!! And many others that were far better than my own entry! Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 1/11/2011 7:37:00 PM
    Very nice poem....Jimmy

  1. Date: 1/11/2011 1:50:00 PM
    Anna - This is a lovely piece ! Take no notice of the barmies on this site !! They can't even spell defence properly !!

  1. Date: 1/11/2011 9:21:00 AM
    Anna-Marie, I was among the many who watched the second strike on TV as it occurred. Your poem recalls a tragic time, but it also provides hope that we can survive such tragedies by standing "together shoulder to shoulder" and try to prevent a similar occurrence in the future. It would make a great entry for the history contest. One more slot is available - just check the spelling of defense. Hope you'll consider entering it. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 1/11/2011 5:10:00 AM
    A very interesting and powerful poem.