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TERRORIST ATTACKS ON THE USA

SEPTEMBER 11, 2001



 
 
 

911 
haiku sequence 
Copyright, 2001, Wahlert High School, USA
 

Dedicated to the victims
of the terrorist attacks
on September 11, 2001




PREFACE

Near the end of the film,  “Camelot,” when King Arthur is faced with the personal torture of losing two loves, his friend and wife, he recalls as a youth asking Merlin, "What do you do for being sad?"  Merlin responded, "Learn something;  you learn something."  I concur. 

In response to the tragedy of terrorism, Wahlert Creative Writing students “created something” —  this sequence of poems.  May  it be healing art.

          — Barbara Ressler, Teacher, Wahlert High School
 

 
911
an emergency
we couldn’t handle

-Maria Gianino
 
 

September 11, 2001
their final destination
in God’s hands

-Maria Gianino
 
 

Twin Tower One
their cries of terror
silenced by fire

- Samuel Weber
 
 

the World Trade Center
110 stories up
in seconds down

- Jessica Kouba
 
 

his leap
from the 91st floor
my eyes following

- Stephanie Sandt
 
 

buildings
crumble
their graves

-Maria Gianino
 
 

Twin Towers
mark the graves
of many

- Anna Hoppmann
 
 

“Above the fruited plain”
American skies
empty

- Lauren Weis
 
 

For Barbara Olson

birthday breakfast
with him
their last

- Carolyn Friedman
 
 

with the Pentagon
our security
falls

- Josh Beecher
 
 

his frantic message
“Please pick up
I’m saying goodbye”

- Sarah Anderson
 
 

9/11
his last call
silenced

- Kristy Schnee
 
 
 

For passengers on United Flight #93 which crashed in Pennsylvania
 
 

last words to his wife
“A group of us
are doing something”

- Ashley Roberts
 
 

hijacked plane
hero’s last words
of love

- Maria Gianino
 
 

in Palestine’s streets
people dancing
I weep

- James Richter
 
 

on the schoolroom blackboard
one word
“tragedy”

- James Richter
 
 

streaming
down his face
tears and soot

- Anna Hoppmann
 
 

pictures
showing thousands
missing

- Samuel Weber
 
 

searching for victims
becoming
one

- Joshua Deutmeyer
 
 

at the scene
the rescuers
buried

- Anna Hoppmann
 
 

underneath
the rubble
answers

- Maria Gianino
 
 

lost
thousands
of lives unfinished

- Maria Gianino
 
 

fallen buildings
Lady Liberty
stands

- Anna Hoppmann
 
 

our safety
in jeopardy
she holds her torch

- Ben Ressler
 
 

buildings fall
Americans
never so tall

- Ben Ressler
 
 

September 11th, 2001
our hearts
half mast

- Jessica Kouba
 
 

prayer service
‘for the victims’
my heart restored

- Ashley Roberts

 

 
 
WAKE-UP CALLS

It's early.  I hear commotion.  The day has barely started on the pacific coast when my oldest son enters the room with a crash.  "Mom, you'd better wake up.  They're attacking your country!"  At twenty-three, I think he's too old to panic.  Okay, who hurt themselves now?  My mind does not make the leap.  On every channel I see horror and destruction, yet something still
refuses to accept this as reality.  We are so safe here?

 
collapsing buildings -
falling . . . falling
leaves


Less than a week later I'm scheduled for surgery.  In the waiting room, watching the prayer service, Canadians mourn along with the Americans. After a minute of silence I still have my fears.  Then it's time to go . . .

 
three more minutes
of silence -
I pray
for those who won't
wake up


Alice Frampton, USA citizen living in Canada

trade towers collapse
over and over
in my mind
 
 

trade center attack
from the back of the class
the bully's "cool"


Randy Brooks, USA

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