For Family & Friends
Sept. 18, 2001
IT is eerily quiet, as I ride the train Somber faces reading newspapers and preparing for the day
You can feel the tension, the anger, the fear
The anguish, the sorrow, and unspent tears
The week a blur, conversations forgotten,
Visions of flames and ash, and panic
The collective soul of America,
Victims of a terrorist attack.
How will we move forward, our lives forever changed
An act of violence committed against us
On a clear and blue September day.
My heart aches, a cold feeling of dread
A burning question in my head
What did those mad men hope to achieve
In those last moments of madness, honing in on their targets.
To strike us with a dagger made of jet fuel and steel
Made of mothers and fathers, of sisters and brothers,
Of husbands, of wives, of lovers
To reach into our hearts and bring us to our knees?
The names and the photos cover bus stops and walls,
The remnants of hope and quest for answers . . .
Now there is silence and tears,
Digging through rubble and ash
Memos and letters and everyday trash.
The wound in this city is deep and obscene,
So many lost and with them a dream.
In our nations capital, a loss just as great
In a faraway field where others chose their fate.
Forever gone the feeling that we are safe,
That we can hold the hand of terror at bay
In the Land of the Free,
With heads bowed in silence, we mourn
With heads raised in defiance we must move on!
We stand tall as never before
In our pain and our anger there is honor and more
What we cannot forget,
What we will not forget,
Our memory is long.
God forgive us for what we will do,
We can find no compassion in our new hearts of steel.
We must fight back, show our enemies the truth
That Americans are a strong and determined group.
I reach for my family, scattered far and wide
I reach for my neighbors with red rimmed eyes
God Bless America, the Home of the Brave.
God, WE count on you for your blessing
As WE respond to this war our unseen enemy has made.
WE will overcome, we will survive
WE will win this battle,
WE will live life.
Judith Flournoy is director information technology for Kelley Drye & Warren L.L.P, based in New York. She is New York regional vice-president of LawNet.