September 11th 2011 10:15 am
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Digging in the rubble
Under a dark and blackened sky
I lay my head within my hands
And scream "oh God, please tell me why!"
I knew that judgment day would come
Though I hadn't been prepared
To see so many brothers fall
Yet somehow I'd be spared
How do I go on each day
Without them by my side
While I dig deep within the earth
Praying to find some sign of life
My hands still bleed, I haven't slept
The light is growing dim
I won't give up, I took a vow
Although the chances are so slim
The smell of death is rampant
The dogs can't find your scent
It's one more day I've searched for you
And another day I'll search again
I need your strength to see this through
If you're there, give me a sign
I'll go to hell and back for you
Because a brother's love never dies
Mom wrote this the week of the actual Sept. 11th attack.
WOW that is a great poem...it is very touching! Mom has tears
Extremely touching. What a bad day that was.
Very touching poem during that tragedy...... you are so talented! I still remember that day like it was yesterday......at the time my brother & sister in lived in NY and I had no idea where they lived or worked.....was so panicked until I heard from them.(ps we were estranged at that time but we quickly put all that behind us and now we're as close as when we were kids).
Harley & Angela
Thank you Xena, Zoe, Harley & Angela. Angela, that's what happens a lot with disasters. You realize how something you thought was important, really isn't at all! That your love for each other is. That is SO WONDERFUL you've made up and become close like that again. I know a lot of people who reunited with loved ones they weren't speaking to after 9/11.
Mom watched only a little bit of the news earlier today. It's too sad to watch that much about the ceremonies. But the waterfalls and reflecting pools at ground zero look incredibly beautiful! They did a wonderful job.
Thanks for sharing this work of art. That is what it is...needs to be published we think.
Thank you so much! Mom wouldn't know who to send it to for publishing.
WOW! Very touching. Mom has tears in her eyes....
Very nice. this poem they should have at gruond zero. Beautiful, Lisa!!
Thanks you guys. Maybe someday mom will go and visit the beautiful memorial there and bring the poem to a firehouse there.
Mom wanted to watch all the 911 stuff. For her she wanted to see it and remember what all these people actually went through. Very nice poem ~ very touching.
Gumpy my love!!! I've missed you. Yeah, mom has watched some of it tonight and it's starting to get to her. What those people went through, no one ever should have to. Beyond devastating! We actually have one of the beams from the world trade center right here, a couple of towns over. They made a really beautiful memorial park. That's because two of the pilots were from NH and over 9 people from NH died. Mom wants to visit that park soon.
I wrote a 9/11 diary that has a video of the world series in NY 48 days after the attack. You can hear the Nyers chanting USA! USA! It reminds you of the togetherness that followed the attacks. The feeling that together we can beat anything.
I think everybody missed it because of the pirate diaries.
I really wanted to share it, it made me feel that feeling again, even if it was just a sec.
Lacey, A firehouse in NY we be a great place for your poem.
Mom tried after 9/11 to see about sending it to some firehouses there but mail was really being watched then due to the anthrax scare! Especially places like that, they weren't accepting anything from people out of the blue.
Sorry we missed that diary. We're not really into the whole pirate thing if you couldn't tell. MOL. Oh we miss that too, how everyone was so "together" after that happened. Why can't people stay in that mindset?
oh i wish we could stay in that mindset, but it seems that everyday life monopolizes our time (that is not right either) then some tragedy makes us realize what is really important.....as a society if we could maintain the mindset of peace and harmony with every living thing i believe we would be much better off......
Amen to that Harley. I know it's really hard to stay like that all the time. Impossible really. But people let too much hate and anger take over their lives and never stop to think about how what they're doing to others, they're doing to themselves just as much.
That poem is very good and so moving. We watched some of the coverage but it made us sad. It's sad to think about all the people who lost their lives. Mom's church honored First Responders from our community today. That was very good. Makes us proud and honored to be able to live in this great country. We love the U.S.A.
What a moving poem. Your momma is talented.
Thank you Mietzi and Jezzy! Our city did a tribute also here yesterday.
lacey...this be a pawsum poem; we bee gonna show it to our real peepul grampaw az him bee a firefighter...we iz reely sure if her mailed this ta sum fire stations in de area, they wood be veree appreciative two....mom says her seed why yur mom getted published way back....even if both R mom's getted taken for a ride with that whole "book thing"
tuna N sauce
Oh Tabbies that would be wonderful to show it to your grampaw! My mommy's grampaw was a firefighter too! He was in WWI and actually walked the bridge to the battlefield to help liberate France from Germany. We'll see about emailing to some fire stations, not sure if they're on the web or how that works. Please let us know what your grampy thinks. Tell him thank you for the work he does or did.
This is lovely and sad. It makes my mom think of something she heard during the search and cleanup after 9-11: she heard that the rescue dogs that were searching for trapped people were getting depressed and disheartened because they weren't finding anyone alive in the rubble, only bodies. So the dog handlers were trying to lift their spirits by playing games with them in their break times. Isn't that so sad? Those poor dogs.
It is very sad. The dogs also had to have special booties made for their feet as they were getting cuts and burns on them. There's a man here in town that was on tv who was one of the first firefighters to respond from NH. He was crying on tv saying how when he got there he expected to find lots of bodies and found nothing. They were mostly all incinerated. He couldn't believe it!
so lovely, Lacey. Beautiful....your mom is very talented and thank you.
Mommy used to work with a young girl who had gotten her first job and it was her first day at work at Goldman Sachs that day.
No trace of her was ever found. She was just 24. She had worked taking care of cats for years with mommy. She took the job at Goldman Sachs because it paid well. She was there that day to get her ID.
She was so excited, she had told mom she knew how lucky she was.
Mommy said the bitter part of it was that her religion was Muslim. The terrorists who killed so many....and claimed that as their faith....they killed people from their own faith.
Never will it make any sense at all.
Oh Bella, that's so awful. That poor family losing such a young woman! And really, that's just sad that so many crazy people are full of hate, they'd kill ANYONE. It sickens us. All the hate in this world sickens us. So many stories like that. That would sit bitter with us as well. But wars have been fought in the name of religion since the beginning of time. We don't believe in any god that's vengeful or would condone violence and murder.
That was very moving & powerful. It is still so sad & emotional - ten years have not dimmed the feelings.
Bella, when David Letterman went back on air after the attacks, Which he credited to Mayor Guiliani. He read "terrorism by religious zealots....That doesn't make a blank bit of sense to me"
How could you kill so many in the name of God?
Lacey, here's the address of the clip on Zoe's diary that I told you about. It will make you cry tears of hope, and tears of pride. For these NYers showed the world that we are people who will stand strong and proud no matter what comes at us. Remember, this was in NY city 48 days after the attack, 9 miles from where workers were digging that very same night.
very nice poem
Your mom's poem is very moving. Mom is very proud of the first responders. She read that the surviving firefighters and police first responders weren't invited to the 10th anniversary ceremony. Does anyone know if that's true?
Thank you Cody and Tigger!
Noooo!!! Where did she read that? I don't think that's true. If you watched it on tv there were tons of them there. I would hope that's not true. But I think given the media, we would have heard that on tv or something. We didn't hear anything like that at all.
Lacey, it's the ultimate argument, "my god is better than your god". You're right, humans have been fighting in the name of god since the beginning of time.
Oh good Lacey, I am so glad that it wasn't true. Mom saw it on Facebook; she should have known better!
Lacey, this brought tears to my eyes.
A waste of energy, I say! Can you imagine if they had internet back then? YIKES!!!
I don't think it's true Tigger. Maybe it is but mom watched a couple of the ceremonies and didn't hear anything like that.
Oh thank you Sweets! This afternoon mom made a really nice copy of it with a colored background and a graphic. She emailed it to the Tabbie's mommy who's dad is a retired firefighter but still goes to work every day and he's in his 70's! She's gonna print it out and give it to him to bring to the fire station. I hope they like it!
Lacey, that is really beautiful. I agree, send it to a firehouse, or several firehouses. Even your local one; they may not have been at Ground Zero but as a brotherhood of responders they share in the pain and loss.
We wouldn't know how to. Mom can't afford to mail it to a bunch of places. I wonder if firehouses have emails or websites?
Tigger Lacey, In college Mom heard a guy talking about all wars pointing back to religion. Now of course, the kids kept trying to trip him up but he showed them how the wars that didn't "seem" to be about religion in one way or another actually was.
It was simple thinking.... Religious differences, which caused mistrust= bad neighbors. This works even with Arab vs Arab wars. It was very very interesting lecture.
EXACTLY!!! I bet my mom would have liked to see that lecture. Fear and religion. Fear of the unknown.
You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear.
-- Sammy Davis,
Wow great quote!
PS- Grandpa told Mom today that Tuxs energy level has picked up some and he ate again last night. Thought you might want to know.
Thanks! It's true right? Mom can certainly name many instances in her life where she had to make a choice between those two.
Hey! How is Tux?
MOL! I was asking about Tux at the same time as you were telling me. MOL. That's pawsome Zach!!! That's so much like Lucy's doggie sisfur Sophie was and also how our good friend Sally Maria is. On THEIR terms!
Beat you to it!MOL!
I have really been amazed by the love that has came from the catster family. Thank You for asking, your such a great friend. Even if you don't read half of our diaries :( Zoe wrote last week about Mom bargaining with Dad. And she won Gris and a promise to be understanding when she goes through her midlife crisis. Oh and the front of our house being redone next year, if the money is there.
I would guess that some firehouses have email. Our larger ones in town do, Mom had to email them pictures from a September 11th display that they did at work and the firefighters had loaned them gear. Its worth a try.
I always said Tux is one stubborn dog. Grandma said he gets it from Mom. Yeah he did. MOL!
Skylar, how far are you from the PA crash site? I seen it three or four years ago.
I'm so happy to hear that Tux ate!
It is a little over 200 miles southwest of our house. Actually, we are a little closer to Manhattan (only about 125 miles). I have never been to Shanksville or to Ground Zero but would would like to go sometime. How was it?
Zach did ya NEED to go there? We TRY! We really do! We feel bad enough. But mom truly is very overwhelmed lately with everything there is to do around the house, with grammy and grampy, taking care of us and working on our fast, out of control, growing by leaps and bounds website. SORRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MOL MOL MOL MOL.
Tigger, tell Samantha that Tux did an update and a new diary. He explains how Grandma is mixing his kidney meds with water and giving it to him.
Two days now he's ate dinner. Not as much last night but he still ate. If the meds are working than maybe his brain will allow him to eat his KD food.
Are you doing better? Is your meds helping?
Lacey do you know Bugsy's Max?
Yup, actually I think Alex went and offered support in his diary. Poor thing.
Lacey, you know your our one of our closest friends on here. Really, we understand but I had to throw that in. I wanted to say it last night but I was to tired.
We love your Mom for because she's such a hard working angel on earth. You know that.
His Mom pmailed me earlier but pretty much said the same thing as the diary. I told her if she needed to rant because of the stress or just tell someone her worried thoughts, that we are here for her.
You know me, I don't give out advise (usually cause i don't know the answer) but I do listen well.
Gotta go to bed. Planned on turning in early tonight like, John time, but you see how that worked out.MOL!
Speaking of John, what the heck is going on with his account? has he been in contact with Watchcat? I think I have the email address for Watchcat from back when they upgraded the server.
I, like Tink, have just about had it with having to relog in every hour! It's driving me nuts! I'll be logged in write a diary and then it will send me to the log in page! Just aggravating!
Hey Zach, goodnight buddy. Who knows about John's account. Don't you remember this just happened with BonnieBell like last month? She had to go through others to post anything.
Well we just feel bad and we know a lot of times now our posts in diaries are short and we're not as present. It's not cause we don't want to be here and participate in everyone's stuff. Plus mom pulled her back in that awful bed of hers like a week ago and she's had it. She's been in pain and sitting down at the computer hurts even worse.
I didn't want you to feel bad, honestly.
Tell your Mom to burn that mattress!
love ya and over and out.