September 11, 2001
-Another Date Which Will Live In Infamy-
The twin tower's three thousand dead
- Never, ever, shall they be forgotten -
Every eye a tear, each heart bleeds red,
Homage paid to ground zero, Manhattan.
On polished brass plaques, every name
Etched true to last time immemorial.
Hero rescuers ignite their own fame
And join in their special ceremonial.
The dead laid to rest now mute and silent.
Their epitaphs cut by hammer and chisel
Onto headstones of grey hardened granite.
Each word tears through rain, snow, drizzle.
Unlike these three thousand today so honored
Are dead from past wars and gross genocides,
Who are known by count only. Acts abhorred !
Man killing man while the whole world sighs.
Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan,
Rowanda, Croatia, Vietnam,
Dachau, Auschwitz, Treblinka,
Omaha, Normandy, Iwo Jima,
Bataan, Pearl Harbor, Korea,
Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Libya.
Man killing man. When ? Oh when, will it end ?
Ronald C. Downie.