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A Fighting Chance
by Cade Duel Gullickson

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Each day I go back in my mind
Before the doníts, woníts, and caníts
To that moment suspended in time
When we thought we still had a fighting chance
When we still were digging
Thinking there was someone to save
Still working on into the night
Wondering what horrors you all had to brave
While we worked around the clock
Searching for even the tiniest sign
Praying for any bit of hope
Belief and faith were still mine
But each day with no life found
Chipped away at that faith and belief
Knocking it to its knees
Knowing there would never be any relief
That single moment when it became clear
No living thing was left to be found
Those searching with me assured
Those souls would be heaven bound
But each day since that realization
After the doníts and woníts and caníts
I offer my soul to go back to that time
When there was still a fighting chance
Our efforts became search and recovery
No longer search and rescue
Everyone knew it was inevitable
That check was coming due
We missed the chance to evacuate
To get you out alive
We watched helpless as people stood at windows
To make an endless, helpless dive
We heard the rumble but could never guess
The end about to unfold
People scattering like Jack from the Giant
In that split second, we knew the building would not hold
We ran to escape, we ran for cover
As that hurricane came ashore
We felt the world come down upon us
In a fiery, dusty storm
Still they did not order evacuation
Still they left you inside
And there can be no excuses, no apologies
From that they cannot hide
I felt the second rumbling
Before it ever hit the air
And we were running scared again
Leaving you all back there
For days we searched before someone said it
Before someone finally spoke the words
Too much time had passed, it was too late
The truth I wish I never heard
And, god, how I wish to go back to that day
Before the doníts, the woníts, the caníts
Back into eternity
When there might still have been a fighting chance

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