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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, the 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, and 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...

For Contest Sponsored By FJ Thomas "My Spirit"

Copyright © | Year Posted 2013

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Date: 7/7/2013 10:46:00 AM
Carrie, :-) CONGRATULATIONS -in Nathan's "Razor Sharp" contest!!! awesome winning write. LOVE LOVE * Linda
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Date: 7/5/2013 3:06:00 PM
A fitting epithaph and a wonderful write. Congrats on your win.
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Date: 7/5/2013 8:31:00 AM
Touching and insightful write that tugs at the heartstrings. Terrific write and win Carrie. Hugs
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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
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Date: 7/1/2013 9:51:00 PM
Carrie, :-) Congrats! with your awesome razor sharp poem................ SKAT
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Date: 7/1/2013 9:25:00 PM
thank you once again Carrie
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Date: 3/20/2013 6:34:00 PM
Congrats Carrie.....Donna
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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
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Tim Ryerson
Date: 3/17/2013 3:03:00 PM
And a wonderful tribute as well...
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..
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Date: 3/16/2013 7:43:00 PM
A wonderful poem and right at the top where it belongs. Love, Joyce
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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
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Date: 3/16/2013 1:57:00 PM
excellent write Carrie...congrats on your win
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Date: 3/16/2013 12:41:00 PM
CARRIE, CONGRATULATIONS in Deb's contest!!! ;-) always~ PD
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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
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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.
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Date: 3/16/2013 9:50:00 AM
Congratulations on such a worthy win. It depicts the thoughts and emotions of so many...
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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 !!
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Date: 3/16/2013 7:15:00 AM
Your words rise above the ashes, I am in awe. Congratulations.
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Date: 3/16/2013 6:45:00 AM
I think this would be a great submission for one of the 2 Christian Magazines, you should try gal your writing is awe inspiring. Congrad's on your win. Light & Love
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Date: 3/16/2013 6:35:00 AM
This is going in my favorites, Carrie! Perfect meter and rhyme, even though you classified it as free verse.
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Date: 3/16/2013 6:00:00 AM
Well done this is brilliant....Seren
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Date: 2/20/2013 8:42:00 PM
Your poetry sounds like that of a bygone era. Do you read a lot of older poems? It just seems to have that vintage quality.
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Date: 2/19/2013 3:07:00 PM
this is a beautiful and very touching testament to the 9/11 memorial. i think you've really captured all the emotion brought up by a visit to that site. bravo!
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Date: 2/19/2013 2:47:00 PM
Carrie. I'm a bold one. I went to the 9/11 war memorial website. I went to their artist registry area, to the poets area and sent them the following email "Hello. I am a member of an on-line poetry site and came across a poem, about 9/11 which I found incredible and moving. Please, how can this poet get involved and post her poem for the memorial? If interested simply copy and paste this addy, and you will see her Poem." Had to!<3
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 2/19/2013 2:49:00 PM
I'll keep you posted as to their response! Some poems NEED to be read by those who have suffered, lost and struggle to heal. This poem is one of them. xox
Date: 2/19/2013 2:37:00 PM
Oh, Carrie. You ... are a poet in every sense, Hon. This should go further than soup... please, consider sending this... look, I'm so touched by this, let me find out for you! I have only a few moments. My girl is asleep in her stroller, we just got home. I have 10 mins. Let me see what I can come up with. This is so beautiful, I feel it must be read by New Yorkers! xox Cyndi ummm the captcha reads NUTY. Me? Maybe. :)
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