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Saturday, June 23, 2012

ONE NATION UNDER GOD ~ A Poem I Wrote on September 11, 2001 ~ 9-11-2001


I wrote this (and two other poems) within the first fifteen minutes of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

I have copied these from my very old poetry site, which is an old geocities site ( now restored to a degree).

I was about a mile from the Pentagon on that fateful day.

My Father, a Colonel, had worked there for a great part of his career, as well as my just very recently at the time ex-Father in Law, both highly dedicated men to their country and family.

My ex-Father in law was even scheduled to have a meeting there that morning, which had been canceled, as I was told much later by my then estranged wife.

We had not spoken for a while at that point in time, but all barriers come crashing down when a real threat transpires.

Lessons from that day forth are quite difficult to quantify with words, other then to simply say, no matter your point of view pertaining to those events on that day, life has just quite simply never been the same.

This was a day of deep hurt and pain for me and a catalyst to me personally to rethink my life's values and aspirations.



ONE NATION UNDER GOD




WE STAND ONE NATION UNDER GOD,
UNITED AGAIN WE ARE,
FOREVER WILL WE REMAIN THIS WAY,
UNITED WIDE AND FAR.

TRAGEDY HAS STRUCK A CHORD,
DEEP INTO OUR SOULS,
ONE NATION UNDER GOD,
OUR FUTURE NOW UNFOLDS.

TOGETHER WE STAND,
UNITED WE ARE,
LIKE AN EAGLE WE WILL FLY,
TOGETHER WE STAND,
UNITED WE ARE,
OUR COLLECTIVE SPIRIT WILL NEVER DIE.

TOGETHER WE MUST REBUILD,
A SPIRIT OF HOPE FOR ALL MANKIND,
STRONGER NOW IN SPITE OF TRAGEDY,
TOGETHER, PEACE WE WILL FIND.

A PLACE DEEP INSIDE OF OUR SOULS,
WHERE FATE AND DESTINY BLEND,
THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING,
OUR SPIRIT GROWING STRONGER WILL NEVER END.

TOGETHER WE STAND,
UNITED WE ARE,
LISTEN AND YOU WILL HEAR,
TOGETHER WE STAND,
UNITED WE ARE,
A NATION WITH NOTHING TO FEAR.

WE AMERICANS NEVER MOVE BACKWARDS,
WE CHERISH AND EMBRACE OUR EXPERIENCE,
COMING CLOSER TOGETHER AND WORKING,
WE THE PEOPLE, AT FREEDOM’S DEFENSE.

OUR PATRIOTISM SECOND TO NONE,
WE ARE TOGETHER STANDING TALL,
BRAVE LIKE OUR NATIONAL SYMBOL THE EAGLE,
RISING TO THE OCASION, WAY ABOVE ALL.

TOGETHER WE STAND,
UNITED WE ARE,
LEND YOUR HELPING HAND,
TOGETHER WE STAND,
UNITED WE ARE,
AMERICA NOW MAKES ITS' STAND.

FAITH IN GOD IS WHAT WE NEED,
IT WILL CARRY US THROUGH,
PRAY FOR HEALING, AND FOR GRACE,
AND ASK WHAT CAN YOU DO.

MAKE NEW FRIENDS, HELP YOUR NEIGHBOOR,
CARRY GOD'S MESSAGE OF LOVE,
WORKING TOGETHER, LIVING WITH HIS SPIRIT,
ONLY THEN WILL WE RISE ABOVE.

TOGETHER WE STAND,
UNITED WE ARE,
WE WILL SHOW THE WORLD, AND LEAD THE WAY,
TOGETHER WE STAND,
UNITED WE ARE,
LETS ALL HOLD HANDS, NOW….PRAY.

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The Pentagon, Shanksville, Pennsylvania, New York, New York ~ September 11, 2001