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A 9/11 Remembrance Poem


To mark the anniversary of the September 11 attacks in the US, and as a tribute to all of the victims and their families, I'd like to republish this memorial poem I wrote back in 2006: Will they just one day forget? I think it becomes more and more relevant as the years go by.



the same breathless questions
shooting out through the night
agony's very own untiring voice
fingerprints on endless websites
hit replay, hit replay, hit replay
2417 visits in three cold months

smoke, approaching, screaming,
explosion, screaming, falling
dust, panic, where is he today?
oh my God, oh sweet Jesus!
what did he say this morning?
where did he say he was going?

grainy pictures make a shrine
visitors stop their enquiries
no one answers the little boy
so what was it all for then?
who won what in the end?
is anyone else better off?

does anyone cry for my daddy?
did they know he'd be there?
why did he stay to help others?
way way up on the 92nd floor
will I ever get any answers?
will they just one day forget?



© Copyright, 2009. S. Kearney. A 9/11 remembrance poem.

22 comments:

Eric Valentine said...

Briiiant Seamus, such a poignant poem. It captures the moment, and the peoples reaction to that moment. Beautifully done my friend, I love it though the sadness of the day lives on. Will they just one day forget? The perfect title. :)

Shameless Words said...

I really hope we don't forget, Eric. Thanks for your comment. Good to have you stopping by. :-)

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

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An amazing thought provoking poem. I wasn't there but while reading this poem I feel like I am transported.

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