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When I Jumped From The Tower

That late summer morning, sky so cobalt blue and clear, I was enjoying coffee with my coworkers, I suddenly sensed we weren't alone in our vicinity, minutes later, an earth rocking jolt, a roar, a shrieking jet plane, blazing fuel, my co-workers screaming, but the smoke was choking me as I crawled, bits of glass embedded in my legs, my hosiery twisting, taut, my breath, then became shallow - my own screams, my lungs bursting ! Oh God ! My lips, my skin burning ! The searing ! oh, my God, the searing ! Please, please, take this from us ! Our floor's windows blown open and jagged, yet, there was singing, I heard such singing, their voices so calming amidst the inferno, the sun obscured, the sky blotted, the wails, the agony ! Yet, I still heard their singing, the heights did not frighten me, and, when I jumped from the tower, God took my soul, and, as my body emptied of it's earthliness, there was no more pain, falling, falling, as if floating, my family, oh, my family, I'll always cherish all of you. ~ September 11, 2001, the fateful tragic day of carnage and death inflicted on the World Trade Center and it's workers, Flight 93 and it's innocent passengers, and the Pentagon and it's workforce. A lot of us thought, "How could this happen, how?!" We thought our national security was rock solid, tragically, it wasn't. Almost three thousand people died that heartbreaking, agonizing day. And, very shortly after this horrible event, many young adults felt called to join the U.S. military to defend our country, and, sacrificed their own lives.~ Original date poem written September 9, 2019 Historic Event poetry contest Sponsor: William Kekaula

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Date: 9/28/2020 2:57:00 PM
Powerful, tragic and yet wrapped in Heavenly song! Congratulations on your winning placement, Regina!
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Date: 9/27/2020 10:56:00 AM
Very interesting, Regina--I have often wondered if angels came to comfort those trapped in the Towers...congrats on your 1st place win!
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Date: 9/25/2020 11:50:00 PM
superb presentation of an event we all remember so well! I was in the operating theatre in UK and knew about it only when I saw the news in the evening. to this day it haunts me! Congrats on your top win!
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Date: 9/24/2020 6:42:00 PM
A masterly approach you have produced, Regina, blessings my friend on your honorable placement, Aloha! William
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Regina Elliott
Date: 9/25/2020 2:52:00 AM
With Deep thanks, William. Have a great weekend. :-)
Date: 9/22/2020 6:55:00 AM
The world changed a bit with those 300 deaths, making me wonder how we will memorialize the 200,000 who have died from a pandemic? Hmmmm Curious isn't it? Thanks for remembering and paying tribute.
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Regina Elliott
Date: 9/23/2020 9:50:00 AM
May we never forget ~ thank you, Caren.
Date: 9/18/2020 11:45:00 PM
Loved your write Regina, another dark chapter in our lives it changed the world forever. I was in Spain at the time and watching the news which was in Spanish and thought it was a plane crash when we went into town we saw it in English and the horror of what happened unfolded, God rest the souls of those that died. Good luck in the contest. Tom
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Regina Elliott
Date: 9/19/2020 11:24:00 AM
With Deep Thanks, Tom. Hope you're enjoying the weekend
Date: 9/18/2020 10:39:00 PM
Great way to write personalising the experience, Regina, all the best in the contest:)
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Regina Elliott
Date: 9/19/2020 11:11:00 AM
Thank you so much, Jo. :-)