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Five Years Ago Today

by Delilah Coyne

Five years ago today,
I watched in horror,
disbelieving,
the atrocity of hatred
magnified by millions
on tiny glowing screens
in every home.

Five years ago today,
I cried for fellows
buried deep in the despair
of becoming victims
and for those in shallow graves
of brick and mortar.

Five years ago today,
I saw the flag
for the first time
as more than stripes.
Stars, the shining souls
of freedom's guards.
I pledge allegiance!

Five years ago today,
my chest burned hot
with anguish for the children
whose fathers faced the worst,
fatherless in the face
of a menacing terror.
Their protector, gone.

Five years ago today,
I watched as towers toppled,
as planes plummeted,
as peace of mind fled.
I watched the world change
before my very eyes.

My grandchildren will ask me one day,
"Tell us about the time the towers fell."

09/11/2006

Posted on 09/12/2006
Copyright © 2019 Delilah Coyne

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Angela Nuzzo on 09/12/06 at 02:41 AM

Very nice Delilah. I especially like the 3rd stanza. "Stars, the shining souls of freedom's guards."

Posted by Shonda Creemer on 09/12/06 at 02:46 AM

Beautiful tribute Delilah. :)

Posted by Joan Serratelli on 09/12/06 at 05:34 PM

A veey moving, heartfelt tribute to a horrible day in World History. Unfortunately ALL our grandchildren will ask; and we will remember the horror that rocked us to our very core. Very excellent and timely write!

Posted by Mo Couts on 06/28/11 at 07:05 PM

What a moving tribute! Man oh man how the time has passed. I can remember exactly where I was at the moment I was told about the towers.

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