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(10/11/01 3:22:43 pm)
| Del All A Moving Poem
~~Two Thousand One, Nine Eleven~~

Two thousand one, nine eleven
Five thousand plus arrive in heaven
As they pass through the gate,
Thousands more appear in wait

A bearded man with stovepipe hat
Steps forward saying,
"Lets sit, lets chat"

They settle down in seats of clouds
A man named Martin shouts out proud
"I have a dream!" and once he did
The Newcomer said, "Your dream still lives."

Groups of soldiers in blue and gray
Others in khaki, and green then say
"We're from Bull Run, Yorktown, the Maine"
The Newcomer said, "You died not in vain."

From a man on sticks one could hear
"The only thing we have to fear.
The Newcomer said, "We know the rest,
trust us sir, we've passed that test."

"Courage doesn't hide in caves
You can't bury freedom, in a grave,"
The Newcomers had heard this voice before
A distinct Yankees twang from Hyannisport shores

A silence fell within the mist
Somehow the Newcomer knew that this
Meant time had come for her to say
What was in the hearts
of the five thousand plus that day

"Back on Earth, we wrote reports,
Watched our children play in sports
Worked our gardens, sang our songs
Went to church and clipped coupons

We smiled, we laughed, we cried, we fought
Unlike you, great we're not"

The tall man in the stovepipe hat
Stood and said, "don't talk like that!
Look at your country, look and see
You died for freedom, just like me"

Then, before them all appeared a scene
Of rubbled streets and twisted beams
Death, destruction, smoke and dust
And people working just 'cause they must

Hauling ash, lifting stones,
Knee deep in hell
But not alone

"Look! Blackman, Whiteman, Brownman, Yellowman
Side by side helping their fellow man!"
So said Martin, as he watched the scene
"Even from nightmares, can be born a dream."

Down below three firemen raised
The colors high into ashen haze
The soldiers above had seen it before
On Iwo Jima back in '44

The man on sticks studied everything closely
Then shared his perceptions on what he saw mostly
"I see pain, I see tears,
I see sorrow - but I don't see fear."

"You left behind husbands and wives
Daughters and sons and so many lives
are suffering now because of this wrong
But look very closely. You're not really gone.

All of those people, even those who've never met you
All of their lives, they'll never forget you
Don't you see what has happened?
Don't you see what you've done?
You've brought them together, together as one.

With that the man in the stovepipe hat said
"Take my hand," and from there he led
five thousand plus heroes, Newcomers to heaven
On this day, two thousand one, nine eleven

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(10/11/01 4:32:09 pm)
| Del Re: A Moving Poem

That was awesome.

Always Faithful

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(10/11/01 7:22:01 pm)
| Del
A moving poem
Man!, what a terrific poem!!!
It has always amazed me of those that have written such lovely and poignant poems and the like and at the end you find out...Author Unknown.

What a shame, how often we would search out for other writings from that Author. To see more of what they see, to experience more of their world, to be carried away and to share in it. To be fearful or ashamed or to explode with colors and exhaltations as they take us along...forgetting that we are reading words but are experiencing what the Author is experiencing and what he wants for us to see or be for a little time.

Sometimes as I could be any of our frailities, or flaws or the more noble of our traits as honor and duty and sacrifice that we feel for just a little while. Written down...we can always come back.

Does any one know why an Author is Unknown? Chief? Catch? Hawk? Mith? Anyone?...or am I being silly and reading too much into it.

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(10/12/01 11:17:37 am)
| Del Re: A moving poem
Homer,,you are not being silly,

I wish I could claim writtings such as this,, alas, I can not

I am humbled when I read something so well written and so moving,,this person has a firm grasp on how to put their feelings into words,, a talented person indeed!

Stan H ,, nighthawk

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(10/12/01 12:35:07 pm)
| Del Re: A moving poem

That is a very moving poem, and one that I have seen on
various BBSs and had forwarded to me by several people.
None had the author's name.

A lot of people will forward such items and fail to leave the author's name on it. It gets cut during the process of deleting superfluous information. It's a shame, but it happens.

My "I Don't Want to Be a Sailor" was forwarded to me by several individuals who pulled it from various sources with an "Unknown Author" tag applied to it. This is much better than someone taking credit for it by attaching their name to it or by not even having the courtesy to indicate that they don't know the name of the author. The implication is that they wrote it.

It's just one of those things that happens when volumes of information is being sent over the net.

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(10/12/01 10:40:56 pm)
| Del Re: A moving poem
Deeply moving poem! Okay, I cried!

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(10/15/01 8:11:58 am)
| Del Re: A moving poem


Thanks for sharing this poem with us. It will be read by a huge number of people here in Southeastern Michigan in a matter of days...


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(10/16/01 10:20:56 am)
| Del Re: A Moving Poem
Picked that one up off another net. I, too, wish I knew
who the author is.


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(11/11/01 1:32:19 am)
| Del Re: A Moving Poem
What an appropriate title. There's nothing more I can say.
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