I have nothing to say
I hear your voice every day
You're safe and sound
I haven't lost you to a fireball
I have no cause to weep
Empires may fall
Yet you and I still sleep at night.
All I ask is that you get home soon
So that together
In a safe place
In each other's arms
We can let the troubled words spill out.
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
All Bush's forces and all Bush's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again.
Torn and twisted steel beams
The cavernous crater
Mass grave to thousands
In an instant gone.
We bear witness
a small piece of each and every one of us
by what we saw.
And in the weeks that follow
As emergency crews struggle to rebuild a city
And leaders of our countries
Struggle to strategize our futures
We struggle to revive our spirits.
A hushed silence resonates
Throughout the Western world
The heavens sigh
And still the stars at night
We have never felt so much alone.
Poem © 2002 Deborah Hogarth McDermott, all rights reserved
appears here by permission