The Twin Towers

Ten years ago the world was stunned by an act of infamy.
The Twin Towers, beautiful buildings admired the world over
Were destroyed by a terrorist attack.
Many lost their lives in the flaming wreckage,
But even from a terrible evil, good can spring.
There were tales of heroism and resilience as the most powerful country in the world pulled together within an hour,
The hand of friendship was extended from across the world.
Whites, blacks, Muslims and atheists came together
And for a moment the world looked forward at a golden era.
The terrorists had picked too big a target,
They’d given a green light to fix the world
And destroyed themselves.
‘Build them again’ said a man who escaped the Towers, ‘and I’d work there again’
One simple line, so much power.
Show the world you’re not afraid
To rebuild the lost beauty of those Towers,
Whilst fixing the inside, making them stronger from within,
Filled with passion for life, not hate, they would be a symbol of hope for the world.
But this wonderful chance was squandered,
There was no clear target for the angry men to strike back at,
But they looked hard and long and twisted by emotion found an excuse,
Who knows whether they were right or wrong,
But the bombs kept falling first on one country then another
And the hand of friendship so freely extended was lost
As the world took the darker path.
But even from a terrible evil, good can spring.
America grew sick of violence, sick of fear
Another man stood up and said there can be change,
When the world moves as one
And the hand of friendship is offered freely.
Ten years ago the Twin Towers died, they were beautiful
They should have been rebuilt stronger than before.
Mourn not the lost, remember the Towers
Build them in your heart
And you can never be destroyed by the world
And maybe, just maybe you’ll make the world a better place.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mary
    Sep 18, 2011 @ 00:31:30

    Oh, this is so beautiful. We should remember the towers in our heart. I had the opportunity to eat at Windows on the World, the restaurant at the top of the Twin Towers. I will never forget that experience. If you look at my blog around 9 / 11 you will see my picture there. I also have a piece of glass from the Towers given to me by the mother of a NYC firefighter. After 9 / 11 i wondered if the world as I knew it would ever return. It really hasn’t, as I think we have lost our naivety; but we’re back stronger than I thought we’d be….despite some mistakes along the way. Your poem was well thought out, honest thoughts. Bravo.


  2. Bhaga
    Sep 20, 2011 @ 10:53:46

    I had not yet read that one. It was well worth reading. Thank you for writing it…


  3. Mr.memo
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 02:08:51

    Good one buddy,
    “The hand of friendship was extended from across the world.
    Whites, blacks, Muslims and atheists came together”…
    great lines


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