TERRORIST ATTACKS ON THE USA
SEPTEMBER 11, 2001
would like to send my heartfelt condolences to all the people in the US
of A, particularly to those who have lost loved ones in these brutal and
horrifying attacks. I dedicate this tanka to the victims, their loved
ones and all those who share their suffering in this time of sorrow.
In peace and with deep compassion . . .
I can't find any word of comfort for September 11 Tragedy. The breaking news came out around 10 PM when I watched another TV program. It shocked and attacked me. I kept watching on CNN until next morning. All the people in Japan feel worried and sad. We are sad for thousands of families who were directly effected by the violence. Thinking of you every moment,
— Ikuyo Yoshimura, Japan
difficult to write good poetry about an incident such as this, it often
just ends up sounding trite, banal, and jingoistic. However, it's
still how I react to things.
you called me
. . my thoughts are with all America
because I live
drink from the same teacup
Let no one ever say any thoughts of war are ever caused by religion. True religion does not beget war, and no religion truly supports it. What we are witnessing is political, but the politics of power, not of nations or of one country against another.
How can we ever live in a peaceful world, unless we learn to live fully in the present? History is full of both achievements and regrets, but both have passed. The future is what will unravel from the present; it is the consequence of all the choices we make now.
day, the news is different. Every day, the news is the same. I struggle
at breakfast, trying to make sense of a changed world.
— susan bond, canadamorning paper
the night after -
come together at this time of senseless loss and destruction.
How could this atrocity have happened?
In our fear, we demand answers and retribution. Fear fuels action and ignites revenge. The hardest thing to do is to do nothing. To wait until the facts are in, till the dust settles and the wounded and dead are cared for. The challenge for our leaders is to ferret out the terrorists and their leaders, and bring them to justice--not through widespread bombing of innocent people but by using all available resources to track them down. If we as individuals are to take action, let it be compassionate: donating blood, funding the rescue operation, helping the crews, offering words of solace to those grieving and in turmoil. For it is from the heart that we begin life and from the heart that we leave it.
— Angelika Kolompar Bygott, CanadaSeptember wind
— Carol Purington, USANo words
New York towers –
they did not go home . . .
see no comfort, only sharing of grief and fear. And revenge is no
consolation here because most of the people who may be killed will have
been absolutely unable to do anything to stop terrorism.
— Florence V., SwedenLong slow fall
have no poems to give to your web page because: in the
stood on the beach to sing my prayers and my songs. I beat the drum until
the skin on my hand grew as hot the drumhead hide. I took my salty tears
back to their home in the sea where I wept until I was empty. The sky was
heavy with a dark fog.
I still struggle to find a way to poetry through the rubble of
— Jane Reichhold, USA
a sad day...hazy river...
— joyce maxner, USA
— Peggy Lyles, USAa phone rings
— john bird, Australiabush camp –
— John Martin, NZThe tears from your eyes were like a spring
with deepest sympathy for the American people: countless millions, all around the world, grieve with you . . . it is dark now but ultimately, light and goodness will prevail.
— sheila windsor, U.K.last night of the proms
— john edmund carley, UKa dark September sunset
I am in a state of shock re the horrendous terrorist attacks in the USA ... such loss of life, such devastation! It's beyond under- standing or belief!!
tears flow for all the victims and their loved ones, for everyone in the
USA. If only I could embrace and comfort each suffering soul. Please know
I hold you all in my prayers and thoughts and share your deep deep sorrow.
May the Power of Love give you strength during this difficult time, dear
friends. I offer my following sijo and haiku:
cries erupt around the world on this day when flowers fell
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