WHY? A 9-11 Question

WHY? A 9-11 Question

A Poem by Mark

A near-forgot memory, of an image of a circular rainbow, refracted off a shard of glass or a warped beam, prompted this overdue recollection. Read, and consider...




September eleventh, 2011


From the wreckage of her wrist,

And the shards of silver sleeve

Her smoking, ghastly claw gropes for the sky


And Tower One, her gown undone,

In chorus, as the Nation grieves

Weeps softly, ever asking only, “Why?”



“Why must the Haters fear employ?

“Why believe they gain as they destroy,

“Who make Death to rain down from the sky?”


“How can they pray to win the day,

“As Manhattan’s millions moan,

“And three thousand, unsuspecting, die?”


Though holes in concrete scab and heal,

The holes in our hearts never shall!

Hear this, al Qaeda, our Nation’s angry cry:


The diamond ring, refracted

From that gnarly hand impacted

Points at your Soul, and softly mutters, “Why?”


You wave your arms, you ullulate,

And for this heinous deed, your god’s name name,

We can but hope, and in that Hope rely


That Love may soon usurp your hearts

As our God’s Truths take root, and start

Your healing, wiser then, whispering, “Why?”


© 2014 Mark

Author's Note

I had just sat down to breakfast, and was watching Katie Couric mender through the news on the Today show, when a sheaf of paper was thrust in front of her, and the news then and 37 minutes later changed the world. Where were you?

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That I believe will always be the question. Nicely done.

Posted 8 Years Ago


8 Years Ago

Thank you, Jack. It was an horrific day for all, and we can but pray that sometime in the remote fut.. read more

8 Years Ago

yes, unfortunately I could picture it all. It is one of those mind pictures I'd like to someday be a.. read more
Hi, Mark, I was at home making the bed and taking care of the dog when my cousin in Detroit called. He said I should turn on the TV because a terrible tragedy was happening at that time. I will never be quite the same, as many feel.

Posted 9 Years Ago

This is the most beautiful and emotional poem I've ever read about that terrible day. You have summed up the nation's feelings as close to perfectly as one can get, since I don't believe a word for that feeling truly exists. It's important that people keep writing about 9/11, so we never forget.

Posted 9 Years Ago

A well written emotional piece about an emotional day. Well done, Mark.

Posted 9 Years Ago


9 Years Ago

Thank you, Michael. It was an horrid day, one which we may one day forgive, but cannot ever forget.
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9 Years Ago

Mark, your poem is so expressive of the searing pain you felt and still feel over those dastardly ac.. read more
Good lord, is this a stunner. Just blooming wonderful. No one could have said it better.

Posted 9 Years Ago

heartfelt and powerful, a moving read x

Posted 10 Years Ago

A beautiful, and utterly fantastic write! For me this was the life changing event of our generation. As shocking as when Kennedy was shot! I think I cried and was depressed for weeks. I remember waking up my husband, showing him the TV.........I asked, "is this for real?" 100/100

Posted 10 Years Ago

I think we all lost something that day Our innocence

Posted 10 Years Ago

Powerful poem Mark...I do not think we have been given all the facts of 9/11 personally...but such tragic loss of life is always going to touch us :(
Wonderful piece

Posted 10 Years Ago

oh why indeed???? This is powerful..it was a horrific and shocking day.

Posted 10 Years Ago

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Added on September 10, 2011
Last Updated on April 20, 2014
Tags: 9-11, 9/11, September 11, ring, rainbow, hand, moan, weep, why



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