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The Destruction of the World Trade Center
September 11th, Two Thousand and One
Margaret Marie Lomio Copyright September 2001
Many of us forgot (or didn't have time) to kiss our families goodbye.
Many of us had an argument about something very insignificant.
Many of us abruptly and harshly told a child no.
This morning, all over the country, we approached our day,
Thinking we could make up for any morning shortcomings
When we arrived in the evening to our home.
Instead, we watched in horror to see Washington's Pentagon
And New York City's Twin Towers crumble away
Taking with it our loved ones - our families, our friends,
our sense of security.
And in the moments after,
We saw the face of God.
In the volunteers standing in line for hours on end
So that the blood from their bodies may be drained
To pour into the bodies of others;
In the eyes of the child, too small to ascertain,
waving the American flag
As she is perched (safely?) atop her father's shoulders;
In the tears of the old-time vet who all too well remembers.
This morning, uniformed workers of all kinds
re-dedicated themselves to their jobs,
Never realizing that today was the day
that the cost of their commitment would be their lives.
Again, we saw the face of God.
In the rescuers, the men and women rushing into chaos,
Because there was a chance a life could be saved
and this is what they promised to do;
In these steadfast souls who refused to submit to their own fear, exhaustion, and devastation.
May we not wait for the moment of catastrophe
to call forth this absolute best in ourselves.
Let us freely offer it
Again and again and again.
One for the other.
This and every morning.
Let us hope we are not soon called again to this place of devastation.
Let us remember what we were willing to do
when another life cried out to us for relief.
Let us not forget what we must do to stand
United in these States of America.
I Still Do
In Memory of John Joseph Lomio, Sr.
Copyright Margaret Marie Lomio
So many times I still want to cry.
Some times, the tears arrive even without provocation.
I continue to wait for your footsteps,
Ignoring the knowledge
that you will never walk through that door;
I still strain to listen for your voice,
Although it's been so many years
since I've heard you speak.
I absolutely refuse to believe that I will not find you
Even though in my more logical moments,
I know that it is me who is lost and in need of finding -
I know that I am selfish, and I am sorry.
So very sorry.
How dare I ask for another moment
When you had already dedicated
every minute of your life to me.
But I do dare.
I didn't have enough time
And then again,
A million years would not have been long enough
to spend with you.
I wanted you to teach me how to drive,
To see me for my prom,
To walk me into a new life at my wedding.
I wanted to see your eyes
The first time you saw the eyes
of your children's children.
I want to have dinner with you.
"Time heals" is a liar,
And no amount of good thoughts can stop the pain.
Although grown and enough time has passed
That my wounds should be healed,
I'm afraid that I am still the child
looking for her father.
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God Bless America ?
Margaret Marie Lomio Copyright March 2002
Our cars are flooded with bumper stickers
and signs and flags flying;
Our homes are decorated
with red, white and blue ribbon, banners,
anything patriotic we can find.
We wear t-shirts telling others
to "Remember September 11th",
And we have that date, and other sentiments,
tattooed into our flesh as reminders...
At the height of the tragic shock,
we gave our time, our food, our money, our blood.
Yet day after day after day -
There are those of us who refuse
to greet our brothers and sisters
that we pass in the street.
We will not allow them
to merge into our lane of traffic.
We do not hold the door open for them
a second longer than we feel is actually necessary.
We are not offering our fellow American
a moment of acknowledgement.
We are not lifting someone up after they have fallen.
We do not keep them in our prayers.
It does not occur to us
that someone may be in need of something
that we have to offer.
And that we should give it....
Why, today, are we still waiting
for that moment of devastation -
before we offer ourselves to our neighbors,
our friends, our families ?
Why are we asking God to Bless America ?
Unless, of course, we're going to help Him,
and ourselves, by blessing each other.....