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9.11 Remember   Leave a comment

9-11-2001 ~ Remember

 One day
in September,
not spent leave or petals,
bodies wrapped in twisted metal
falling
Heroes
embrace freedom
to save innocent lives,
giving theirs with warrior’s cry –
“Let’s Roll.”
Ten years,
remembering,
we grieve for innocence
lost; honor those who showed selfless
courage.
© Copyright 2011 Kate Sender
Kate – 9-11-2011
Remembering 9-11-2001
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
George Santayana, Philosopher (1863-1952)
9-11-2016 – It’s only been 15 years ~ Remember, Please

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Posted September 11, 2016 by Kate2World in 9-11-2001, Freedom, History, Poetry, Writing

Independence Day 2011   Leave a comment

service with honor
cerulean skies ignite
for freedom’s delight

With this brief senryu I invite you to give thanks to the service personnel, active, on call, and retired, who bear with honor the burden of maintaining our freedom; and share further, if you will, one soldier’s perspective in etheree form reprised from last year ~ Thank You

Fireworks
Bright
embers
burn the sky
with toxic flames,
searing flesh and mind;
‘till veiled by joyous cries,
mem’ries retreat, careworn eyes
open to see reflected light
glow with freedom’s joy in his child’s face.
For this sight with pride he served – soldier smiles.

© 2010 Kate Sender

https://kate2world.wordpress.com/2010/07/04/fireworks-a-soldiers-view/

December 8, 1980 – 30 years ago today ^_&   1 comment

    December 8, 1980

Girls’ night in
four of us will gather
in my first apartment
to commemorate landmarks
propelling us into adulthood.

Beer in Looney Tunes glasses,
served with a dollop of friendly hazing
punctuating the white noise of Monday Night Football.
Each arrival will make her grand entrance,
take center stage to celebrate –
first apartment,
first real job,
first rock-on-third-finger,
first gallery exhibition.

Somewhere between the third and fourth toast,
somnolent droning of the television changed,
demanding attention, as
Howard Cosell, in his droll gravelly voice
announced John Lennon had been shot.

Eyes locked open in stunned disbelief,
compelled to witness the unfolding horror,
nothing could be more surreal,
nothing more senseless,
nothing, until I answered the phone;
learning over noisome trilling hospital bleeps
just how the night’s miasma of evil
had reached out to touch us more viscerally.

As music lay bleeding to death in the street
our fourth lay bleeding, beaten, raped;
her spirit broken, her art destroyed,
her fire quenched at its spark.

Girls’ night in,
we wept,
mourning the landmarks
propelling us into adulthood.

© 2008 Kate Sender
First Publication: Falling Star Magazine, Summer 2008

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