Me in the Middle ~ 9/11 Poem

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I discovered a poem I wrote on September 22, 2001 so I thought I’d share it:

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~ THEY HAVE NOT DIED IN VAIN ~

If we see life a bit clearer and appreciate its beauty
and glory alongside its horror and sorrow ~
They have not died in vain.

If we’ve reached out to those we love and
opened our hearts a bit more in trust ~
They have not died in vain.

If we’ve learned beyond a doubt that politics and religion
can be dividers of people as well as reconcilers of people ~
They have not died in vain

If we now know that God’s grace and love resides in the
hearts of individuals regardless of race, creed or country ~
They have not died in vain.

Freedom or fear; Love or fear; Courage or fear ~
Everyday battles fought in everyday lives.

If we can believe that the way we live our lives;
The way we treat each other;
And the way we respond to hatred and evil
will bring about change in this world ~
Then they have not died in vain.

~ Mary Lou Quinn ~

(Dedicated to the Victims and Families of September 11, 2001)

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Photo by Thomas E. Franklin, The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

25 thoughts on “Me in the Middle ~ 9/11 Poem

  1. What a beautiful poem! I visited the NYC memorial but could not bring myself to go into the museum – we were short on time and I know I would have wanted to give it adequate emotional time – however, the memorial was a peaceful and fitting reminder of a terrible event and I’m really glad I had the privilege of being there to better comprehend what went on that day.

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  2. We all had and still have our ways of dealing with 9/11 and what it did to our world. I can no longer watch the special TV shows about it but I’ll always honor the memories of those we lost that day. One of my treasured possessions is a book about the search dogs who worked the “pile” with their handlers. I plan to visit the memorials in both NYC and PA someday. Thanks, Mary Lou! #MLSTL

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