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SEE ALSO: TRYING TO HOLD A BOX OF LIGHT (photos, realistic to abstract)

Monday, September 11, 2006

ON THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 9/11 WORLD TRADE CENTER ATTACK

[Kuan Yin, Bodhisattva of Compassion,
prints available from KuanYin.net]



PRAYER FOR THE DEAD AND THE LIVING
In Memoriam September 11, 2001

By Elizabeth Cunningham
[used by permission]

Whenever we are brave
whenever we are kind
whenever we face ourselves
whenever we forgive
        the dead shall live
        the dead shall live

Whenever we join hands
whenever we pray
whenever we mourn
whenever our roots reach down
    to drink the living waters
        the dead shall live
        the dead shall live

Whenever we think clearly
whenever we act justly
whenever we sing
    though our hearts are breaking
whenever we make beauty
        the dead shall live
        the dead shall live

Then they will know
        the gift of their death is received
Then they will know
        the seed of their death bears good fruit
Then they will know
        they are not lost
Then they will know
        we are not lost.

And the dead shall live
        in us.
And the dead shall live
        in peace.

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You might also want to read the beautiful and touching poem in the first comment below to this post.

‘til next time, keep dreaming in peace,

Roswila

[aka: Patricia Kelly]

****If you wish to copy or use any of my writing or poems, please email me for permission (under “View my complete profile”)****My other blog: ROSWILA’S TAROT GALLERY & JOURNAL.

2 Comments:

At 8:06 AM , Blogger Shanshad said...

Thanks for posting that. I thought I'd drop this poem here with you today. I think you've seen it before:
Memorial

“Fire go lightly,
A hero rode out on a soot covered stallion.
Fire go lightly, light go gently.

Light go gently
She sings to her lover on a long lost tower.
Fire go lightly, light go gently.

Wind go swiftly,
We fought for our wings in the face of the thunder.
Fire go lightly, light go gently.

Water go deeply,
We wept for our kin as we stood at the river.
Fire go lightly, light go gently.

Earth sleep softly,
Remember the ones that we gave to your keeping.
Fire go lightly, light go gently.

Fire go lightly,
We mark with the lights that will echo our mourning.
Fire go lightly, light go gently.

Light go gently,
We wish for peace in the falling of the darkness.
Fire go lightly, light go gently.”

 
At 9:16 AM , Blogger Roswila said...

Oh, Shanshad, thanks so much for visiting and especially for posting your deeply moving and image-rich Memorial poem.

As I've been saying to others, this anniversary has been hitting me harder than the previous ones. Some things may just be so big we have to handle them in pieces over time. And this piece is heavy for me indeed. It really helps to share.

(For others reading this post and comments, both Shanshad and I live in New York City and were both working in Manhattan that day.)

 

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