Thursday, September 11, 2008

Today is a sad day

Today is a very sad day for many. Hopefully, as time passes, our wounds heal a little bit at a time. It was 5 am on Tuesday morning on the west coast. We were up early because we were still jet lagged from a trip to Spain where we ate, drank and frolicked on the beach with friends and family for 10 days. It had been a great trip. My folks were still there enjoying a few extra days of sunshine. We, however, were getting ready for work, our thoughts still on that sunny country we had left behind and flown back from on Sunday, on a United flight, through Boston. We stared at the T.V. not quite sure what to do next. I told my husband that I wasn't sure I wanted to drive over the Golden Gate bridge to get to work that day. He shrugged. Somehow we hoped it was all some kind of joke. But it wasn't April. Certainly not April fool's day. It was September. September 11, 2001. The roof caved in our world. We no longer understood it. We no longer lived in it but through it. We were at a loss for words, and at a loss for silence. The world stopped and yet flew by at a frantic pace. Our collective thought was "Where do we go from here?". I wasn't sure. I just wrote. And waited:

The azure stands forever split in eternity by the crimson lines

diverging from a single point above as if

bleeding from a wounding cut

It stands suspended

stands stands amended

To the landscape of the bay as if painted in

as an afterthought clearly taught

to stand as if normal.

Or so they thought.

The men who labored so long ago



balancing on the beams of red never knowing

the perils of a

terrorist threat or the thread of fear

to be woven through our lives just as the

looming cover of the fog

Yet we still jog....

Yes, our worlds may get shaken, they may get broken or threatened but we will go on and live the lives we were meant to live because we are human and the alternative is bleak and dreary. The alternative is to give up. And we won't give up on life.

My heart goes out to all the people have suffered loss on the morning of September 11, 2001. Don't give up.

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