A Solemn Reminder

Ashen remains lost to the wind
Traces of life now passed
Papers and symbols
Desk chairs and windows
Swallowed in flame

Pillars of hope crippled and broke
Giants we laid to rest
Faces of lovers
Children and mothers
Life without name

The enemy is elusive
Not a race or kind of people
We can hunt him or become him
We contain a kind of evil

The marks are ever present
On the surface of existence
The thoughts are evanescent
How the meanings tend to twist us

Innocence stained deep in our minds
Faith painted violently
Cultures and visions
Choice and decisions
Driving our fate

Ashen remains lost to the wind
Ghost of our history
Flickering embers
Gift of September
Whispers of hate

The enemy is elusive
Not a race or kind of people
We can hunt him or become him
We contain a kind of evil

The enduring testimony
Of a shattered false perception
We are living in the moment
Every life a fragile lesson

Are these numbers a reminder
I can choose my moves and errors
To be braver and be kinder
Or incite a certain terror

Are these numbers a reminder
We can all affect each other
To see hatred in the faces
Or embrace ourselves as brothers

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10 responses to “A Solemn Reminder

  1. i’m back online after quite a week and you had been writing all along. would take me time to digest your ever magical words and immerse myself in the deep images they bring forward. 🙂

    your take on 9/11 is dark in your own way. thinking of the towers while reading this poem brings images of horror and despair, finally you come back to the present with the words:

    “Are these numbers a reminder
    I can choose my moves and errors
    To be braver and be kinder
    Or incite a certain terror”

    implies that what we do is our choice, in simple terms we can be good or bad. and i hope you mean we need to change what was the past, the evil and forge a way humankind can live without fear.

    “To see hatred in the faces
    Or embrace ourselves as brothers”

    we should choose to “embrace ourselves as brothers”

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