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A Nation In Mourning
by Denise Mangano
Saturday, August 11, 2007
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This poem does not need an explanation, as the shock of these events was felt around the world. Though we may stumble, we will not fall.

A Nation in Mourning


Today is a day we will long remember

Things will never again be the same

The face of America changed forever

Do we know truly who is to blame?


Blame for the tragic endings

Caused by planes being hijacked in the sky

They were used to destroy American landmarks

They were used to take men, women and children’s lives


Despair is seen all around this great country

Fear is felt so tangibly in the air

Will we ever feel safe and secure again

Has our hope been taken over by despair?


There are many messages of condolence

Sent from countries all around the world

As tears fall from stunned faces

American flags are slowly unfurled


These are the flags that will cover the coffins

Of those that are the victims of this crime

Innocence has now been destroyed

It can never be repaired, even by time


Can we learn to let go of the anger

Or is this the beginning of another world war

Can peace be found among the turmoil?

That is being felt from shore to shore


Tomorrow is a brand new day

Though this great land will continue to mourn

Let survivors be found amongst the devastation

With the coming of the dawn.


Let us all pray for peace in the world now

As we offer prayers for those that have died

We must comfort those that are in mourning

Help to dry the tears that they have cried


When the dust does finally settle

Over the changed Manhattan skyline

We know the courage of all Americans

Will once again come forth and shine



The land of the free.



A nation in mourning   © Denise Mangano September 12th  2001

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Reviewed by Joseph Manzo 6/10/2011
Well done.
Best wishes,
Reviewed by Amor Sabor 8/14/2007
I have read many tributes to the victims of 9-11...but this is absolutely a beautiful and well written piece of work.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 8/13/2007
You and I on the same page today, Denise. Always remember, never forget.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 8/12/2007
Interesting perspective! One of those firefighters was my husband's cousin whose remains were found six months later in March. Many other family members and many friends were injured both physically and emotionally. He left behind a wife, 6 year old, 3 1/2 year old.

Be safe,
Reviewed by Larry Lounsbury 8/11/2007
A fine tribute to 9-11.
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