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Thursday, 12 September 2013

We Don't Forget

The planes hit.
Obliterating child.
Mother. Father.
Sister. Brother.
Uncle. Aunt.
Floating on the morning breeze,
down the skyscrapers like human helicopters
making a landing.

And the grief rose like tsunami,
volcano, tremors of shattering earthquake.
All of it muffled in the dust of lovers, friends.
And then the rains they came. -
God’s tears.
Cooling the fires of hell and death.
Cleansing. Washing, cadaver, bone fragments,
lives and loves.
To where they collected in the
avenues, subways and underground.
Swirling masses.
black, white, Jew, Italian.
One in that moment.

8:45 a.m.
9:03 a.m.


And the tough talking native New Yorkers
took their tired, their broken, their rich, their poor.
And the world looked on and wept.
And wept.

Then the sun arose.
And the wind it lifted.
Particles. Essence. Soul.
Scattering, sifting, seeding.
From north, to south, east to west.
Across the plains, the fields, the mountains.
City-wide. Nationwide. Worldwide.

We carry them on wings of hopes
and dreams.

And, we will remember.

© Mari Maxwell

US marks 9/11 attacks anniversary

Mari's was longlisted in the 2013 Over The Edge Writing contest as well as previously featured in Poetry 24, Crannog, Revival and numerous other online and print publications in the USA and Ireland.


  1. A stunning write, Mari, filled with passion, sadness, a total awareness of the devastation of this event, its significance..

    A tour de force, and yes,oh yes, we will remember...

  2. You have summed up here what many have not been able to vocalise, Mari - well done.


  3. oh thanks a bunch Marion and Barbara! This still impacts thousands and will forever, I believe.

  4. Yes, Mari, a very evocative and emotional poem. It speaks volumes and is a fitting testament to those who lost their lives, those who mourn and, indeed, all those who remember.

  5. Carolyn, Thanks so much. It's so important to remember.

  6. Brilliant, Powerful write, Mari!

    Well done!


    Amy Barry