I wrote this just after the New York Trade Center Massacre called 9/11. I'm Reposting it again today as a memorial of that event.


I can`t believe you`re gone
I can`t believe you died that day
I can`t remember how you felt
I can`t believe your wondrous eyes were
Martyred to an unknown cause
You; mixed with steel and dust for all the world to see
You; crushed; your spirit flung so unprepared
In shock at sudden unplanned exit

I can`t believe in love
I can`t believe in law
I can`t believe in wisdom
I can`t believe I saw you die
not once but in constant replay
Aboard that plane that ripped a million souls
A Christian's ticket to the roman games
Witness to the devouring of his anguished soul

I can believe in vengeance
I can believe in hate
I can believe in anger
I can believe in forces
That trample others rights
to defend their need to slake
Their endless thirst for power
At the cost of lives like yours

I must believe in caring
I must believe in love
I must believe in sharing
I must believe that pain
is the searing road to justice
if I can only find the path
To make some sense of all this emptiness I feel
To find the diamond that was you crushed to carbon once again

Can I live to see your empty grave
Can I live to change myself
Can I live to make this happen
Can I live to be alone again without
the loving that was you.
To find completeness in the shards of loving yesterdays
To become whole in some other unknown way

I must

For you

Poetry by josephus The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2017-09-11 at 14:46

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Jamsbo Rockda The PoetBay support member heart!
Well done. Such events throw about our whole life meaning.

Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
Nicely done, Joe.

I read this yesterday and got called away, so couldn't comment. Heartbreaking on so many levels, something I'll never forget. I hope you and your boat were ok in Pierce, Florida, watching the footage of events there and other places in Irmas path are heartbreaking too.

ken d williams The PoetBay support member heart!
Bravo, Josephus, how can any one forget, I remember that all too well.

This is heartbreaking, and as you point out a direct result of hate and vengance and a desperation to be heard and understood. This is not the way. I wish I could say it will not happen again, but we all need to change our ways befote all this stops. This is so heartfelt that it took me right back to that day.

Yes, that was a real sad massacre. Hopefully
it will never happen again. Nice write.