The Sounds of Crashing Planes

September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City: V...

September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City: View of the World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty. (Image: US National Park Service ) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: United Airlines Flight 175 crashes in...

English: United Airlines Flight 175 crashes into the south tower of the World Trace Center complex in New York City during the September 11 attacks (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In All Their Glory

The Towers loomed above the boulevard
nearby a harbor huddled by the sea––
icons of power built along the quay.
There was no cause to post a bodyguard.
The sun was bright on shards of glass, unbarred—
a testament to country brave and free.
The people worked and breathed a silent plea
for U.S.A. They prayed with deep regard.
But evil roared—a beast from foreign lands—
its neck outspread, its nostrils blowing smoke,
releasing sounds like fire of crashing planes.
The windows reached with fragile, helping hands
to least-suspecting victims—gentle folk.
Their warm, red blood still covers tear-dried stains.

© 2013 Freeda Baker Nichols

8 comments on “The Sounds of Crashing Planes

  1. Your poem is so poignant and beautiful! Such a lovely tribute.

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  2. dotlatjohn says:

    Powerful! Freeda. It’s still so difficult to get my mind around such hatred.

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  3. Catherine Johnson says:

    Beautiful tribute, Freeda!

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  4. Ginger Kemp Pruett says:

    This is a day I think many future generations will remember hearing about, from their parents and grandparents. It just seemed unbelievable to me

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