REMEMBERING 911!

Written on the
occasion of   911     MEMORIAL

Irvana  K. Wilks, Mayor September 11, 2011

 Village of Mount Prospect

50 South Emerson Street

Mount Prospect, IL 60056

Ten Years

By Irvana K. Wilks

 

Ten years of mourning the dead.

Ten years remembering the living.

Ten years yearning to understand.

Ten years of scars upon our land.

 

Ten years sifting bones from ash.

Ten years of reading names at the towers.

At the Pentagon.  In a Pennsylvania field.

Ten years of scars upon our
hearts.

Ten years defining our enemies.

Ten years of camouflage and desert
boots.

Ten years of sons and daughters
fighting

an amorphous, but necessary war.

 

Ten years returning heroes.

Ten years of caskets.

Ten years of winning.

Ten years of weeping.

 

Ten years of rabbis and ministers
prayers.

Ten years of veterans who bring
the flag.

Ten years of airline attendants
and pilots

grieving the loss of their
innocence.

 

Ten years of white-gloved firemen

ringing a bell for the brave who
fell.

Ten years of policemen standing

as a bagpiper gives us Grace.

 

Ten years of Presidential
proclamations.

Ten years of two mayor’s meager
words.

Ten years as writers and
photographers

record our progress of healing.

 

Ten years of rebuilding the
towers.

Ten years to sift through ashes of
fear.

We seek that fragment of courage,

forged in fire and left by God for
us to find.

 

 

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