9/11 Remembrance

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        Two Thousand One, Nine Eleven

        Two thousand one, nine eleven
        Five thousand plus arrive in heaven
        As they pass through the gate,
        Thousands more appear in wait

        A tall bearded man,
        wearing a stovepipe hat
        steps forward and greets them,
        Then says, "Lets chat".

        They settle down in seats of clouds
        A man named Martin shouts out proud
        "I have a dream!" and once he did
        The Newcomer says, "Your dream still lives."

        Groups of soldiers in blue and gray
        Others in khaki, and green then say
        "We're from Bull Run, Yorktown, the Maine"
        The Newcomer says, "You died not in vain."

        From a man on sticks one could hear
        "The only thing we have to fear.
        The Newcomer says, "We know the rest,
        trust us sir, we've passed that test."

        A man with a twang from New England shores
        Then proclaimed in a voice they had all heard before
        "Courage like yours does not hide in caves
        You can't bury freedom, in a grave,"

        A silence fell within the mist
        Somehow the Newcomer knew that this
        Meant time had come for her to say
        What was in the hearts of the five thousand plus that day

        "In the land of the living, we wrote reports,
        Watched our children play in sports
        Worked our gardens, sang our songs
        Went to church and clipped coupons

        We smiled, we laughed,
        we cried, we fought
        Unlike you, great we're not"

        The tall man in the stovepipe hat
        Stood and said, "don't talk like that!
        Look at your country, look and see
        You died for freedom, just like me"

        Then, before them all appeared a scene
        Of ruined streets and twisted beams
        Death, destruction, rubble and dust
        And people working just 'cause they must

        Hauling ash,
        lifting stones,
        Knee deep in hell
        But not alone

        "Look! Blackman, whiteman, brownman, and yellow
        Side by side helping their fellow!"
        So said Martin, as he watched the scene
        "Even from nightmares, can be born a dream."

        Down below three firemen raised
        The colors high into ashen haze
        The soldiers above had seen it before
        On Iwo Jima back in '44

        The man on sticks studied everything closely
        Then shared his perceptions on what he saw mostly
        "I see pain, I see tears,
        I see sorrow - but I don't see fear."

        "You left behind husbands and wives
        Daughters and sons and so many lives
        are suffering now because of this wrong
        But look very closely. You're not really gone.

        All of those people, even those you've never met
        All of their lives, they'll never forget
        Don't you see what has happened?
        Don't you see what you've done?
        You've brought them together, together as one.

        The man named Abe stood and said
        "Welcome my friends," and from there he led,
        five thousand Newcomers, all heroes to heaven
        On this day of our Lord, two thousand one nine eleven.

        Written by:
        Paul Spreadbury, York Beach, ME
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        Wow Froggy thank you for sharing, it was very touching and makes me beam alittle brighter with pride to be an American. thumbs_up
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