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This was written in 2001 but we're still praying that finally we will find that peace we all crave so desperately.

Prayer for Peace - Jacqueline Yohe

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 Jacqueline M. Yohe

© 2001

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America is no longer a safe harbor
Farewell to a place where we tout  
".Bring me your tired, you're poor, your wretched refuge yearning to be free."
New York has been bombed . gone are the Twin Towers.
On this day . we sang . let terror reign..
And my life will never be the same.

September 11, 2001 . my first Hallmark anniversary.
I didn't have the time to even think about the joy
of having made my first milestone as a permanent Hallmarker.

Now when someone asks me when is your Hallmark anniversary
I say 9/11 and I never have a chance to add the year.
forever, and ever, 9/11, in this country, will be the day of disaster in the United States of America.

We will not take freedom for granted .
we do not want to see those twin towers rise over New York city again.
far better to leave that gaping hole as a tribute
to all those whose lives and hopes and dreams were blasted to ashes.

I dream of freedom from terror now, and I no longer feel safe
in this once safe harbor we called New York.
Tragedy would have some kind of a lasting impact
on all those who commit crimes on a daily basis in this country.
but murders are rampant.
we have terrorists on every street corner.
drive by shootings.
Man's inhumanity to man.
God Bless the USA And save us all From the terror.

IF Only

© Alex Barzdo, UK 2004

I was moved by your piece about your anniversary at Hallmark,
a date that has entered the consciousness of nearly all peoples, nearly everywhere.

Unfortunately not because of your first Hallmark anniversary. 

(If only.)

Like Kennedy's assassination, it is a date of which people say, “Where were you when...”

It was afternoon here, and I was just leaving work, early, when one of the office staff said
“Someone's just flown a plane into the World Trade Center!” 
and I said “What a dreadful mistake!” 

(If only.)

She said “I think it was a small plane, they weren't too sure on the local radio.” 

(If only.)

Someone came in and said “There's another one, now, hit the other tower!”
and I began to wonder how on earth that could happen. 
Too much of a coincidence to be an accident. 

(If only.)

Thinking not much more about it, I drove home at a leisurely pace,
turned on the TV and was dumbstruck at the pictures and the horror unfolding. 
I hardly moved out of the room for hours.                          

(If only.)

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