THE REV REMEMBERS


ONE PERSON'S MEMORIES OF SEPTEMBER 11,2001
[ 9-11 memorial]


UNITED WE STAND..........UNITED WE REMAIN



[the cornerstone of the new Freedom Tower set to rise above the NY Skyline at 1776 feet, laid at Ground Zero on 4 July 2004]

Rebirth Marked by Cornerstone at Ground Zero July 5, 2004 By David W. Dunlap
A granite cornerstone was laid for the Freedom Tower, the tallest skyscraper planned at the World Trade Center site.

A First Stone for Ground Zero
note: this is an opinion piece
We applaud George Pataki's efforts to move Freedom Tower closer to reality, but he, Mayor Bloomberg and Gov. James McGreevey still have much to do.

This page will stand as a tribute to a country dealing with pain and loss. The last entries will be made on 12 September 2002. Nothing else will be added after that day. This is my memorial, my tribute to those lost, and those found. I thank those who suggested articles and links, and I hope the links here will remain alive. I take no reponsibility for the viablility or content of the links on this page

LET PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH



[ Ralph waldo Emersone quote]



The Names
September 6, 2002 By BILLY COLLINS

Yesterday, I lay awake in the palm of the night.
A fine rain stole in, unhelped by any breeze,
And when I
saw the silver glaze on the windows,
I started with A, with Ackerman, as it happened,
Then
Baxter and Calabro,
Davis and Eberling, names falling into place
As droplets
fell through the dark.

Names printed on the ceiling of the night.
Names slipping
around a watery bend.
Twenty-six willows on the banks of a stream.

In the
morning, I walked out barefoot
Among thousands of flowers
Heavy with dew like the eyes of tears,
And each had a name
-
Fiori inscribed on a yellow petal
Then Gonzalez and Han, Ishikawa and Jenkins.

Names
written in the air
And stitched into the cloth of the day.
A name under a
photograph taped to a mailbox.
Monogram on a torn shirt,
I see you spelled out on storefront windows
And on the
bright unfurled awnings of this city.
I say the syllables as I turn a corner -
Kelly and Lee,

Medina, Nardella, and O'Connor.

When I peer into the woods,
I see a thick tangle where
letters are hidden
As in a puzzle concocted for children.
Parker and Quigley in the twigs of an ash,
Rizzo,
Schubert, Torres, and Upton,
Secrets in the boughs of an ancient maple.

Names written
in the pale sky.
Names rising in the updraft amid buildings.
Names silent
in stone
Or cried out behind a door.
Names blown over the earth and out to sea.

In the evening
- weakening light, the last swallows.
A boy on a lake lifts his oars.
A woman by a window puts a
match to a candle,
And the names are outlined on the rose clouds -
Vanacore
and Wallace,
(let X stand, if it can, for the ones unfound)
Then Young
and Ziminsky, the final jolt of Z.

Names etched on the head of a pin.
One name spanning a
bridge, another undergoing a tunnel.
A blue name needled into the skin.
Names of citizens,
workers, mothers and fathers,
The bright-eyed daughter, the quick son.
Alphabet of names
in green rows in a field.
Names in the small tracks of birds.
Names lifted from a
hat
Or balanced on the tip of the tongue.
Names wheeled into the dim warehouse of memory.
So many
names, there is barely room on the walls of the heart.
Billy Collins is poet laureate of the United States. This poem was read before Congress 9/6/02 at its joint session in New York City.


[Adam cartoon panel-2 small children talking about 9/11. four panels across ]

with thanks to www.washingtonpost.com 10-02-01

"This is not a time for further study or vague directives. The evidence of terrorism's brutality and inhumanity, of its contempt for life and the concept of peace, is lying beneath the rubble of the World Trade Center less than two miles from where we meet today."
RUDOLPH W. GIULIANI, mayor of New York, at the United Nations, October 1,2001.


"Parting," by Emily Dickinson

"My life closed twice before its close;
It yet remains to see
If immortality unveil
A third event to me

So huge, so hopeless to conceive
As these that twice befell.
Parting is all we know of heaven,
And all we need of hell."


From Rilke's Book of Hours,
translated by Joanna Macy and Anita Barrows
(NY: Riverhead, 1997):

"You, sent out beyond your recall,
go to the limits of your longing.
Embody me.

Flare up like flame
and make big shadows I can move in.

Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
Just keep going. No feeling is final.
Don't let yourself lose me.

Nearby is the country they call life.
You will know it by its seriousness.

Give me your hand."



"After the deluge of 9/11 we have two choices: We can numb ourselves to the world, and plug our ears, or we can try to repair that jagged hole in the wall of civilization by insisting,more firmly and loudly than ever, on rules and norms - both for ourselves and for others....In short, numbing ourselves to the post-9/11 realities will not work. Military operations, while necessary, are not sufficient. Building higher walls may feel comforting, but in today's interconnected world they're an illusion. Our only hope is that people will be restrained by internal walls - norms and values. Visibly imposing them on ourselves, and loudly demanding them from others, is the only viable survival strategy for our shrinking planet.
Otherwise, start building an ark"

-September 11, 2002 Thomas Friedman


Basic Truths (with thanks to one of my list servs for this link)Originally published by Houston Press Sep 12, 2002 2002 New Times, Inc. All rights reserved. The Christian right does not have a monopoly on religious devotion -- or calls to respond to 9/11. Or anything else, for that matter. By Margaret Downing
Securing Freedom's TriumphSeptember 11, 2002 By GEORGE W. BUSH an op ed piece by the 43rd President of the US
A Meal With Loved Ones Closes the Circle of LifeSeptember 11, 2002 By AMANDA HESSER It would be nearly impossible not to acknowledge Sept. 11 in some meaningful way, and that way is likely to lead to a table.
Still New York, in All Its Pain and Glory September 11, 2002 By N. R. KLEINFIELD One year after it faced its own mortality, New York, in its daily curiosities and unexpungeable flavor, is still New York. For some time, no one knew if that could happen.
For the Families, a Long Year's Journey Into Grief, and Back AgainSeptember 12, 2002 By JAN HOFFMAN To a reporter who interviewed hundreds of friends and relatives of 9/11 victims, broad shifts in the grieving seemed to emerge.
A Day of Tributes, Tears, and the Litany of the Lost September 12, 2002 By DAN BARRY With moments of silence and vows of military retribution,the United States observed the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on Wednesday.
As People Try to Work, Memories and a Hush September 12, 2002 By PAM BELLUCK For most people, the nation's pensive day of ceremony was also just another day at work.
For Survivor, Home Is Still a HospitalSeptember 10, 2002 By LESLIE EATON Sadly, Deborah Mardenfeld describes herself as first in, last out. First in the hospital on Sept. 11 and last to return home, something she hopes to do next month.
Inside the Lives They Lived (and Lost)September 11, 2002 By NANCY RAMSEY Like their written counterparts in The New York Times, the 18 portraits in "Portraits of Grief" vividly bring to life some of the people who died on Sept. 11.
Pilgrims Flock to Crash Site September 9, 2002 By FRANCIS X. CLINES A wooded Pennsylvania hill has become a shrine where people pay respect and give homage to those killed on Flight 93.
Distance Compounds Lonely Vigils of Grief September 9, 2002 By DAN BARRY Among those who live far from New York and lost a relative in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, a sense of isolation exists.
The City and the Country September 9, 2002 By PAUL AUSTER Principles that are a daily reality in New York - a belief in the dignity of the individual, a tolerance of differences &151; are the bedrock creed of American life.
A Year Too RealSeptember 9, 2002 By BOB HERBERT A family living a block away from the World Trade Center was stunned, frightened and traumatized on Sept. 11. But recovery, however difficult, was the only option.
A Spirit Reborn September 9, 2002 By WILLIAM SAFIRE Abraham Lincoln's words at the dedication of the Gettysburg cemetery will be the speech repeated at the commemoration of Sept. 11 by the governor of New York and by countless other speakers across the nation.
In Bereavement, Pioneers on a Lonely Trail September 8, 2002 By KIRK JOHNSON A year after Sept. 11, the victims' families say that what defines them most is their sense of separation from other Americans.
Once Mayor of a Wounded City, Reflecting on the Hard, Dark Days September 8, 2002 By JOYCE PURNICK Rudolph W. Giuliani looked back on Sept. 11 and the days following with reverence and confidence in a recovery from the attack.
Clerics' Daunting Task: Forming 9/11 Sermons September 8, 2002 By DANIEL J. WAKIN The contemporary words that many New Yorkers take away as a frame for reflecting on Sept. 11 will come from the mouths of clergy members
Reflections on an America TransformedSeptember 8, 2002 Tom Daschle, Muhammad Ali, William J. Bennett and 9 others explain their views on the most significant change the country has undergone since Sept. 11.
Smaller but Heartfelt Ceremonies Around U.S.September 7, 2002 By JIM YARDLEY While the nation will be watching Washington and New York on Sept. 11, elsewhere in the country, thousands of smaller memorial services will take place.
A Reading ListNYTimes.com has compiled a list of reviews of books relating to Sept. 11, including accounts of the events of that day, as well as books about terrorism, Afghanistan and Islam. Television's Special Day of Pain and Comfort September 6, 2002 By CARYN JAMES Television is setting the memorial tone as it offers - or rather demands with its blanket coverage - a day of reflection on Sept. 11.
Cameras Were Rolling the Day Time Stopped September 6, 2002 By A. O. SCOTT Steven Rosenbaum's almost unbearably powerful documentary presents a strictly street-level view of life (and death) in and around Lower Manhattan in the week after Sept. 11.
With 9/11 Flag, a Mystery Unfurls September 4, 2002 By DAVID W. CHEN There it was, one of the enduring symbols of Sept. 11: a simple American flag that became an icon when it was raised by three firefighters over the ruins of the World Trade Center. Evoking comparisons to Iwo Jima, the image of the flag, which came from a luxury charter yacht moored near the site, was captured by a news photographer and has since been seen, and imitated, around the world.
9/11 Lesson Plan September 4, 2002 By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN While evil people hate us for who we are, many good people dislike us for what we do.
Looking for Solace on the Towers' Painful Anniversary September 3, 2002 By CELESTINE BOHLEN Events planned to commemorate the first anniversary of Sept. 11 range from solemn to upbeat, spiritual to temporal, classical to actual.
Keeping Faith With Islam in a New WorldSeptember 3, 2002 By MONA ELTAHAWY Muslims in the United States are free to debate the kind of Islam we want. We do not have to apologize but we must question, criticize and speak out.
Many Minds, Each Envisioning a Different 9/11 Memorial September 2, 2002 By EDWARD WYATT A struggle for control of the process of building a memorial honoring the Sept. 11 victims has laid bare a tangle of grief, distrust and rage.
Plans for Transit Concourse at Trade Center Site Altered After Victims' Families' Pleas September 1, 2002 By EDWARD WYATT Plans for an underground transportation concourse at the World Trade Center site have been altered in response to pleas from family members of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Struggle to Tally All 9/11 Dead by Anniversary September 1, 2002 By ERIC LIPTON After surging as high as 6,729 in late September and dropping below 3,000 in January, the final list of victims should end up at 2,800 or just below.
Searching for God During a Tragedy August 31, 2002 By PETER STEINFELS Where was God? It is a question that might be asked every day - or perhaps not at all.
Cameras to Record Ground Zero Rising, a Frame at a Time August 18, 2002 By RICK LYMAN For at least the next seven years, a group of cameras that are focused on ground zero will take 288 photos a day, creating a historical record of the rebirth of the World Trade Center site.
Remembering Sept. 11 in a Personal Way, or Maybe Ignoring It August 8, 2002 By ANDY NEWMAN Ask 20 New Yorkers how they plan to observe the anniversary of Sept. 11 and you get at least 10 different answers.
Officials Rethink Building Proposal for Ground Zero July 21, 2002 By EDWARD WYATT Officials charged with rebuilding Lower Manhattan said Saturday that they would consider scaling back the amount of commercial space at the site.
At Camp for Sept. 11 Children, Grief Is Close July 6, 2002 By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN Many Sept. 11 children are not ready to be away from their remaining parents.
Where Twin Towers Stood, a Silent Goodbye May 31, 2002 By DAN BARRY The World Trade Center site was silent on Thursday as a bell tolled and an empty stretcher was removed, marking the end of the recovery effort.
At Ground Zero, Uneasy Agreement on Final Rite May 27, 2002 By DAN BARRY, NY Times The process of organizing a ceremony to commemorate the end of recovery efforts at ground zero has taught the city, again, that there is nothing tidy about mass grieving.
Fighting to Live as the Towers Died May 26, 2002 By THE NEW YORK TIMES From their last words, a haunting chronicle of the final 102 minutes at the World Trade Center has emerged, built on scores of phone conversations and electronic messages.
From Public, a Strong Voice for Rebuilding Twin TowersMay 26, 2002 By EDWARD WYATT NYTimes At a public hearing, hundreds of New Yorkers said they want to see the twin towers rebuilt, but the practicality of doing so remains in question.
As a Hurdle Is Cleared, Building Begins at Ground ZeroMay 8, 2002 By CHARLES V. BAGLI Workers began the first step in erecting a new skyscraper on the site where 7 World Trade Center once stood.
In Cold Numbers, a Census of the Sept. 11 Victims April 19, 2002 By ERIC LIPTON, NY Times Places of birth, ages, races - the numbers and categories look like the run-of-the-mill data compiled each decade by the federal government to profile the face of the nation. But these tell a different story. This is a census like no other, a profile of the dead from the Sept. 11 attack in New York.
Thousands in Manhattan Needed Therapy After Attack, Study FindsMarch 28, 2002 By ERICA GOODE. NYTimes. In the aftermath of Sept. 11, tens of thousands of Manhattan residents suffered emotional trauma severe enough to warrant psychiatric treatment.
Life Goes on, or It Goes on HoldBy N. R. KLEINFIELD March 18, 2002 NY Times. Most of the early volunteers who came to ground zero have now gone home, but some itinerant do-gooders have found a longtime mission.
In Last Piles of Rubble, Fresh Pangs of LossMarch 17, 2002 By ERIC LIPTON and JAMES GLANZ The once monstrous task of debris removal and body recovery has come down to a hill or two of debris to remove and dirt to comb.
Proposals for Memorials Move Close to Approval 22 February 2002 By EDWARD WYATT Two proposals for temporary memorials to the victims of the World Trade Center attack are moving closer to approval.
Officers' Widows Oppose Control of Twin Towers Fund by Giuliani 21 february 2002 by DAVID BARSTOW and DAVID M. HERSZENHORN Fifteen widows threatened legal action to try to stop the transfer of control of a $160 million fund to a private charity.
Amid the Ashes, Creativity 1 Feb 2002 By HOLLAND COTTER Art happens every day, and responses to Sept. 11 are already growing more resolved and complicated. Here's a survey of public art and gallery shows inspired by the tragedy.
60 Firefighters Who Died on Sept. 11 Were Off DutyJanuary 27, 2002 NY Times By KEVIN FLYNN A review of the 343 cases in which firefighters lost their lives on Sept. 11 found that 60 were off duty when they rushed to the twin towers....
Out of the Rubble, Artifacts of Anguish Saved for Posterity NY Times January 27, 2002 By ERIC LIPTON and JAMES GLANZ Pieces of the World Trade Center are being collected in an attempt to create an archive which is already attracting interest from dozens of museums and artists.
Ground Zero Cam. Earth Cam inc has set up a memorial of sorts at ground zero. A more general link to earthCam can be found on "the rev rocks".
The New York Times, Portraits of Grief: Glimpses of Some of the Victims of September 11. One of the most meaningful features to appear in The New York Times and on NYTimes.com is Portraits of Grief. This feature first began running on September 15 and presented brief profiles of World Trade Center victims. On December 31 the final daily edition of Portraits of Grief appeared in The New York Times newspaper. A book will be published this year, and the feature will continue to appear from time to time, as more names become known and more families agree to interviews
In the Pit, Dark Relics and Last Obstacles January 13, 2002, by Eric Lipton and James Glanz, NY Times. With no buildings remaining above street level at ground zero, the army of laborers have moved underground, where they face more complicated and dangerous tasks....
Driven to Commemorate Sept. 11 December 29,2001 LA Times.Trends: Vanity plate is a reminder to "remember what can happen," one motorist says.Some raised flags, some bought bumper stickers. Californians ordered vanity plates....
In Final Address, Giuliani Envisions Soaring Memorial December 28,2001 NYTimes. Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani pledged on Thursday to personally see that a "soaring, monumental" memorial was built at the World Trade Center site.
A Widow Finds Life in Family December 22 2001. LA Times.Stephen Siller's extended family in New York has yet to move on after his death at the World Trade Center, but they have one another.
With Viewing Platforms, a Dignified Approach to Ground ZeroDecember 22.2001 by Herbert Muschamp Transparency - unobstructed vision - is the solid virtue that will hold aloft a set of public viewing platforms on the perimeter of ground zero.
Toppling of 'Shroud' Stirs Emotions December 16, 2001 by Dean Murphy The last broken piece of the twin towers was pulled down and those who witnessed it were aghast....
Victims' Families Find No Salve in Holidays December 16,2001 by Shaila K Dewan Even as the nation seems to crave the warmth of the holiday hearth with a special fervor this year, there are hundreds of homes where gaiety is lacking....
The Pentagon Angels Site On NPR this morning (12/14) Host Bob Edwards talked to Army Chief Warrant Officer Craig Sincock about the Web site he's created for the friends and families of those killed at the Pentagon on September 11th. Sincock's wife, Cheryle, was among those who lost their lives in the attack.
Widow of Sept. 11 Victim Kills Herself in Their Just-Finished Dream House December 13, 2001 NY Times, by Glenn Collins The wife of a money-market broker who died in the collapse of the World Trade Center apparently committed suicide in their Pennsylvania home.... Sometimes the victims aren't as apparent........
A New Count of the Dead, but Little Sense of Relief December 2, 2001 by Eric Lipton.The death toll in the World Trade Center attack keeps falling as officials refine their count, but the numbers donot diminish the horror.
Adventures in Baby-Sitting by Kurt Anderson, December 2,2001. If the government is going to treat us like children, at least it could keep its voice down.
For Better or For Worse Remembrance Day Strip A Canadian looks at 9-11
As Sept. 11 Widows Unite, Grief Finds Political Voice November 25, 2001 by Dan Barry A new political group has emerged, one whose broad powers are only beginning to be realized by its members...
A World Not Neatly Divided by Amartya Sen, 11/23/01 NY Times Op-Ed. When people talk about clashing civilizations, as so many politicians and academics do now, they can sometimes miss the central issue....
Mrs. Bush Cites Abuse of Women and Children by the Taliban November 17,2001, the text of the radio address given by Laura Bush. Very powerful
The Return of New York. November 11, 2001 By Jacob Weisburg NY Times Sunday Magazine. "Out of the haze of grief, we can see more clearly than ever what our city is and what it could become...."
Stop. Look. Ask. A mutimedia presentation. When my Friend Rebekah told me about this, I went to look. You have to realize that this has been hard for me. I haven't looked at much TV, and just haven't been able to comprehend that someone or a group of someones...God's children... could do this to other parts of God's family. But this site is different. Maybe it's the music (please turn on your speakers if you can) and read the words. Stop. Look. Ask
the UCC September 11th Page a page of resources for people questioning God in the midst of the rubble
The God of a Diverse People By Alan Wolfe,professor of political science and director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College, NY Times Editorial, 14 October 2001
The Quote Quilt a place to voice your hopes for a weary world
Helping Kids Cope Mohawk Valley Library Association has compiled a comprehensive list of resources to help children and their adults with the events of the past month
In the Wake of the Incomprehensible, One Child Saw His Therapist's Toys Anew By Ken Corbett, a child psychologist, NY Times Sunday Magazine Lives October 7,2001
The 2,988 Words That Changed a Presidency: An Etymology By D.T. Max,October 7,2001, NY Times Sunday Magazine
Address to a Joint Session of Congress and the American People by President George W. Bush, 9:00 pm Thursday, 20 September 2001 at the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.
America On Alert: In Memoriam:A List of the Victims of September 11,2001
God Angrily Clarifies "Don't Kill" Rule Sometimes truth comes from the least likely places
DENY THEM THEIR VICTORY: A RELIGIOUS RESPONSE TO TERRORISM

We, American religious leaders, share the broken hearts of our fellowcitizens. The worst terrorist attack in history that assaulted New YorkCity, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania, has been felt in every Americancommunity. Each life lost was of unique and sacred value in the eyes ofGod,and the connections Americans feel to those lives run very deep. In thefaceof such a cruel catastrophe, it is a time to look to God and to each otherfor the strength we need and the response we will make. We must dig deep tothe roots of our faith for sustenance, solace, and wisdom.

First, we must find a word of consolation for the untold pain and sufferingof our people. Our congregations will offer their practical and pastoralresources to bind up the wounds of the nation. We can become safe places toweep and secure places to begin rebuilding our shattered lives andcommunities. Our houses of worship should become public arenas for commonprayer, community discussion, eventual healing, and forgiveness.

Second, we offer a word of sober restraint as our nation discerns what itsresponse will be. We share the deep anger toward those who so callously andmassively destroy innocent lives, no matter what the grievances orinjusticesinvoked. In the name of God, we too demand that those responsible for theseutterly evil acts be found and brought to justice. Those culpable must notescape accountability. But we must not, out of anger and vengeance,indiscriminately retaliate in ways that bring on even more loss of innocentlife. We pray that President Bush and members of Congress will seek thewisdom of God as they decide upon the appropriate response.

Third, we face deep and profound questions of what this attack on Americawill do to us as a nation. The terrorists have offered us a stark view oftheworld they would create, where the remedy to every human grievance andinjustice is a resort to the random and cowardly violence of revenge evenagainst the most innocent. Having taken thousands of our lives, attacked ournational symbols, forced our political leaders to flee their chambers ofgovernance, disrupted our work and families, and struck fear into the heartsof our children, the terrorists must feel victorious.

But we can deny them their victory by refusing to submit to a world createdin their image. Terrorism inflicts not only death and destruction but alsoemotional oppression to further its aims. We must not allow this terror todrive us away from being the people God has called us to be. We assert thevision of community, tolerance, compassion, justice, and the sacredness ofhuman life, which lies at the heart of all our religious traditions. Americamust be a safe place for all our citizens in all their diversity. It isespecially important that our citizens who share national origins,ethnicity,or religion with whoever attacked us are, themselves, protected among us.

Our American illusion of invulnerability has been shattered. From now on,we will look at the world in a different way, and this attack on our life asa nation will become a test of our national character. Let us make the rightchoices in this crisis - to pray, act, and unite against the bitter fruitsofdivision, hatred, and violence. Let us rededicate ourselves to global peace,human dignity, and the eradication of the injustice that breeds rage andvengeance.

As we gather in our houses of worship, let us begin a process of seeking thehealing and grace of God.


Signed by more than 100 leaders of faith traditions in the United States, including Christians, Muslims and Jews.
[ Boondocks cartoon panel-grandpa watches news report 2 panels]

with thanks to www.washingtonpost.com 10-16-01


"It's not just simply a matter of capturing people and holding them accountable, but removing the sanctuaries, removing the support systems, ending states who sponsor terrorism." -- Paul D. Wolfowitz, the deputy secretary of defense, after the events that happened 09-11-01 (NYTimes 09-14-01)

Here Is a Wound
by Edna St Vincent Millay
I have been told this poem has helped some who have lost loved ones because of 9-11


Here is a wound that never will heal, I know,
Being wrought not of a dearness and a death,
But of a love turned ashes and the breath
Gone out of beauty; never again will grow
The grass on that scarred acre, though I sow
Young seed there yearly and the sky bequeath
Its friendly weathers down, far underneath
Shall be such bitterness of an old woe.
That April should be shattered by a gust,
That August should be levelled by a rain,
I can endure, and that the lifted dust
Of man should settle to the earth again;
But that a dream can die, will be a thrust
Between my ribs forever of hot pain.

REST IN PEACE
(by Vietnamese Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh)

I am a World Trade Center tower, standing tall in the clear blue sky,
feeling a violent blow in my side, and
I am a towering inferno of pain and suffering imploding upon myself
and collapsing to the ground.
May I rest in peace.

I am a terrified passenger on a hijacked airplane not knowing where
we are going or that I am riding on fuel tanks that will be
instruments of death, and
I am a worker arriving at my office not knowing that in just a moment
my future will be obliterated.
May I rest in peace.

I am a pigeon in the plaza between the two towers eating crumbs from
someone's breakfast when fire rains down on me from the skies, and
I am a bed of flowers admired daily by thousands of tourists now
buried under five stories of rubble.
May I rest in peace.

I am a firefighter sent into dark corridors of smoke and debris on a
mission of mercy only to have it collapse around me, and
I am a rescue worker risking my life to save lives who is very aware
that I may not make it out alive.
May I rest in peace.

I am a survivor who has fled down the stairs and out of the building
to safety who knows that nothing will ever be the same in my soul
again, and
I am a doctor in a hospital treating patients burned from head to toe
who knows that these horrible images will remain in my mind forever.
May I know peace.

I am a tourist in Times Square looking up at the giant TV screens
thinking I'm seeing a disaster movie as I watch the Twin Towers crash
to the ground, and
I am a New York woman sending e-mails to friends and family letting
them know that I am safe.
May I know peace.
I am a piece of paper that was on someone's desk this morning and now
I'm debris scattered by the wind across lower Manhattan, and
I am a stone in the graveyard at Trinity Church covered with soot
from the buildings that once stood proudly above me, death meeting
death.
May I rest in peace.

I am a dog sniffing in the rubble for signs of life, doing my best to
be of service, and
I am a blood donor waiting in line to make a simple but very needed
contribution for the victims.
May I know peace.

I am a resident in an apartment in downtown New York who has been
forced to evacuate my home, and
I am a resident in an apartment uptown who has walked 100 blocks home
in a stream of other refugees.
May I know peace.

I am a family member who has just learned that someone I love has
died, and
I am a pastor who must comfort someone who has suffered a
heart-breaking loss.
May I know peace.

I am a loyal American who feels violated and vows to stand behind any
military action it takes to wipe terrorists off the face of the
earth, and
I am a loyal American who feels violated and worries that people who
look and sound like me are all going to be blamed for this tragedy.
May I know peace.

I am a frightened city dweller who wonders whether I'll ever feel
safe in a skyscraper again, and
I am a pilot who wonders whether there will ever be a way to make the
skies truly safe.
May I know peace.

I am the owner of a small store with five employees that has been put
out of business by this tragedy, and
I am an executive in a multinational corporation who is concerned
about the cost of doing business in a terrorized world.
May I know peace.

I am a visitor to New York City who purchases postcards of the World
Trade Center Twin Towers that are no more, and
I am a television reporter trying to put into words the terrible
things I have seen.
May I know peace.

I am a boy in New Jersey waiting for a father who will never come
home, and
I am a boy in a faraway country rejoicing in the streets of my
village because someone has hurt the hated Americans.
May I know peace.

I am a general talking into the microphones about how we must stop
the terrorist cowards who have perpetrated this heinous crime, and
I am an intelligence officer trying to discern how such a thing could
have happened on American soil, and
I am a city official trying to find ways to alleviate the suffering
of my people.
May I know peace.

I am a terrorist whose hatred for America knows no limit and I am
willing to die to prove it, and
I am a terrorist sympathizer standing with all the enemies of
American capitalism and imperialism, and
I am a master strategist for a terrorist group who planned this
abomination.
My heart is not yet capable of openness, tolerance, and loving.
May I know peace.

I am a citizen of the world glued to my television set, fighting back
my rage and despair at these horrible events, and
I am a person of faith struggling to forgive the unforgivable,
praying for the consolation of those who have lost loved ones,
calling upon the merciful beneficence of
God/Yahweh/Allah/Spirit/Higher Power.
May I know peace.

I am a child of God who believes that we are all children of God and
we are all part of each other.
May we all know peace.

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