Sunday, September 11, 2011

9/11…. A Canadian Girl’s Tribute!

"An apple orchard smells like wine;
A succory flower is blue;
Until Grief touched these eyes of mine,
Such things I never knew.
                Lizette Woodworth Reese

  Millions of people from around the globe were glued to their television sets watching the horror unfold, hoping it was just an awful nightmare and they would soon awake.
 We in Canada were watching our neighbours to the South; we were feeling helpless and frightened. This had changed our world too.
 We watched for weeks, and weeks trying to make sense of the senseless. There was nothing we could do but watch, and pray.
 This is how one Canadian girl put into words the horror she was feeling.

September 11, 2001.

 September 11, 2001.
War on terrorism just begun;
The twins were downed
   by their own planes,
Across the globe, we feel
   their pain.

The pentagon was also struck,
 now all we see are fire trucks;
Black ribbons for the ones they lost,
 this war now has a human cost.

Flight 93, had their own
     Ground Zero,
The people fought back,
 and they all died heroes.

Thousands of lives,
     young and old.
Have seen the start
     of the end unfold.

As thousands watched,
     thousands died.
But hold on to your
     American Pride.

Death tolls will rise,
     but keep the faith
God be with you,
     Amazing Grace.

           Mary E.F.  (copyright)

  Written September 14, 2001 then revised.



  1. I remember watching it on TV at my work. How devastating!

  2. very nice. i was home with our son who was 7mnths old at the time. he was safely cuddled in my arms. I thought it was some kind of mistake.

  3. Lovely poem on a sad occasion.

    I too watched in horror because I decided to turn the TV on just before I went to bed, could hardly believe what I was seeing - live - on the other side of the world.
    I called my husband to come and see, he didn't believe me, in the end he came and we stayed up late into the night/morning watching the devastation unfold.
    Your friend M.

  4. it's comfoting to know the world is morning with America!

    {i did not know you are in canada?}

  5. Sometime its easy to forget that 9/11 occurred here, in the U.S., but it affected the whole world. Thank you for a beautiful post. Love the poem.

  6. Fantastic photo to go with this stirring poem, B. Well done! :)

  7. Beautiful poem. Thanks for sharing it.

    Cindy Bee

  8. I will never forget the phone ringing and oldest daughter saying "Mom, before you turn TV on, I want you to know I'm NOT in New York as planned" was to be her first trip to New York and 2 blocks away from the towers...Then I turned the T.V. on as second plane hit towers...Then call waiting told me another call was online,it was youngest daughter living on the Naval Base in Virginia..sirens were going off, everyone was running, and she didn't know what to do or how to get out of the area. Well no one was allowed to leave area, but that is another story for another day...Youngest, daughters,Husband was on board the U.S.S. George Washington and heading into New York Harbor....I Will Never Forget Sept 11th!
    Peace & Love

  9. Oh Blessings My heart was pounding reading this. I could feel your pain. I am so sorry you had this story to tell. I am so happy things worked our fine. I am sure this is a day you and your family will NEVER forget. You certainly live up to your Blessings name. :) B

  10. What a beautiful tribute.. and so touching that it came from a Canadian girl... Things like this make the world seem smaller.

    Blessings, Debbie


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