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by Sherry Gail Heim
Saturday, September 09, 2006
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For the 5th anniversary of 9-11 I thought it would be interesting to present a challenge so we all would have a common thread that binds our words.

I will keep this simple since each of us has our own memories of how that day played out.  I will give you your first and last line and the entire center should be a reflection of what you saw, what you heard and/or what you felt on that day and/or all the days since.

  I haven't done this yet, I have only written these first and last lines.  I am kind of rusty so I don't even have any thoughts of what direction I will take this, so I am looking forward to the best poems coming from you.

First line:

 Darkness rains from clouds of ash

Last line:

Too well, I recall that day

Have fun and thank you for taking the challenge. ~ Sherry


I finished mine.  I will post it here so the challenge can stay up.


Innocence Lost 


Darkness rains from clouds of ash

As The Towers tumble down

A heap of rubble is what remained

Beneath a tattered angelís gown


The smoke was thick and chaos reigned

We must save all those within

But as the burning walls crashed to the ground

We watched the horror of terror win


Angered by fear as lives were lost

Each one more painful than the last

The heartless Beasts had made their point

As the first stone of war was cast


Bitter tears the Eagle cried

For her children gone too soon

And the sun in sadness left the sky

Giving way to a blood-stained moon


Our world was tossed and turned that day

But in united bond we stood

From sea to ever shining sea

All of America in brotherhood


Now freedomís fate is in our hands

Is it worth the fight by you and I

Or will terror come to rule our land

And take another piece of our sky


I donít care to live until the time

When all our freedom goes away

9-11 showed what we have to lose, and

Too well, I recall that day


Sherry Gail Heim

September 9, 2006

Copyright © Sherry Gail Heim 2006



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Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 9/11/2006
Yes, Sherry, I am. Give me a day or two to work on it...yours is the example to live up to. Powerfully moving tribute, well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 9/11/2006
Sort of chalenge I like to take. One which I enjoy doing it. Thanks Sherry
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 9/11/2006
Great challenge...thanks for sharing!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 9/10/2006
Fantastic challenge, Sherry, and a very strong poem. ~~Nordette
Reviewed by Aberjhani 9/10/2006
I tend not to do well with literary challenges but I always appreciate literary camaraderie and great poems like the one you have given us here. So for both of those I smile as I say thank you:-)

Reviewed by Handsum Hart 9/10/2006
"Bitter tears the Eagle cried

As her children left too soon

And the sun in sadness left the sky

Giving way to a blood-stained moon"

A powerful poetic piece, you've penned.

Peace and happiness
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 9/10/2006
Ah Sherry, how powerful and poignant your poem/tribute is, the horrors of that day will never be forgotten.

Reviewed by Sandie Angel 9/10/2006
Hi Sherry:

What an inspiration! Now I have to go and get those creative juices going! I do have my share of surprise sadness on that day. Will write up something for this challenge soon.

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 9/10/2006
The smoke was thick and chaos reigned
We must save all those within
But as the burning walls crashed to the ground
We watched the horror of terror win

Ghastly images that will probably remain - forever.

Reviewed by William Bonilla 9/10/2006
A worth while challenge Sherry
I will try my best to meet your heartfelt verses
A well composed piece you have presented here.

Love & Peace
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 9/9/2006

Composed to enrich the mind... These twenty-eight lines of poetic stars ~ glow ~ entertaining and inspiring.

In gratitude and admiration.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by George Carroll 9/9/2006
How well we all remember that day and your poem brings the horrific event before our eyes to ponder.
Reviewed by Peter Paton 9/9/2006

I concur with Eileen below completely
I can neither add or subtract from her astute and shrewd comments

Reviewed by Ed Matlack 9/9/2006
Sherry, I would love to write something, but it brings back memories of who died that day & while we may not have been as close to each other as some, we were still married and there was love...Ed
Reviewed by Dove JoAnne Cromp (Reader) 9/9/2006
This was glorious Sherry!!!

Xxx dove
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 9/9/2006
Brilliant. Sad. As a Brit I won't try, would be like you guys writing about the IRA in brighton...
Reviewed by E T Waldron 9/9/2006
Sherry you've penned a magnificent poem! How eloquent your words for such a dastardly deed, and it shows the way grace overcomes the evil inflicted on the innocent! Thank you for sharing my friend!A keeper!

I'll add mine to the one I just posted!;-) Good idea sherry to get all to join in!
Reviewed by Lew Duffey 9/9/2006
Look for my site. I will post it there.
Good Idea,
God Bless,
Reviewed by A PAX 9/9/2006
I will try it........
good idea
pax A
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