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  1.  A Dedicated Hero

9/11: Random Thoughts (Four Poems)
by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
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"All over our state, all over
the world, spiders are weaving,
rodents pause, whole forests
lean at once. And only some of the
things that shine are mean."

-from "Memorandum," by William Stafford

9/11:  Random Thoughts (Four Poems)
(c) 2006, Karla Dorman

"Learning to Cope"

I sit here, replaying it over
And over.  I don't need the T.V.
To bring it all rushing back - once was
Enough.  It haunts my nights and lives in
My words, images and emotions
Displayed.  Something I must write about.....

"For E. and R. (You Know Who You Are)"

i can't imagine
what you went through
on that day.
how you must have wept...
is that why you
laugh through tears?
do you hide the pain
behind the smiles
on your face?
i can't imagine
what you went through -
know i care.

"Days of Infamy" (For Sherry Heim's Challenge)

Darkness rains from clouds of ash
And chases me through the maze,
Down the canyons of sleep.
Unknown territory, yet
Somehow, vaguely familiar;
We've seen this thing before.
Our mouths pucker ass-tight as
We watch it unfolding live
And in brutal color.
Our moans of disbelief keen
In sympathetic wails to
The sirens, gathering.
People aren't supposed to
Die, not like this, not like this,
Burn, jump, or die helping.
Impotent expressions of
Sadness, rage and fear arise
With the Towers' demise.
Images are imprinted
On the footprints of my soul,
Scarring it forever.
In quiet moments of the
Night and in broken poems,
Too well, I recall that day.

"Random Thoughts"

On this sad morning, the bells
toll moments of silence,
punctuated by the tears
of names read out loud; the
list is endless, random names
who've become family.
Afternoon finds us lost in
private pain trickling down
our faces in silvered tears
of poems understood
by thousands of witnesses
who saw it happening.
And evening sets, but not on
the names, the thousands we
pay tribute to:  random thoughts
reflected in the pool
of memories, of a day
we will never forget.

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Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 9/13/2006
Karla you are at top form as always, write on and be blessed in the writing, I enjoyed this
God Bless
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 9/12/2006
Each of these is excellent, Karla and thank you so much for taking me up on my challenge, you have done a stunning job. Is it just me, or did anyone else feel like we were being quieted yesterday; like the whole atmosphere was that we should just suck it up and deal with it? Like some demigod Librarian was standing in the wings bellowing SHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! I felt like we were supposed to believe that 9-11 was just some nasty nightmare that we all need to wake up and forget about; well, I cannot and will not forget. I will go on and I will live a productive life, but I will not forget because I was forever changed on that day, and those who perished deserve to never be forgotten. There, but for the grace of God goes each of us and the next time, and believe me there will be a next time, we may not be the lucky ones. To forget the past is to be doomed to live it again. Powerful words, Karla!!
Take care,
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 9/12/2006
I'm glad you can write out your feelings. It is through writing that we can heal ourselves from the terrible ordeal.

((((( Hugs )))))

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel
Reviewed by Taylor Ryan 9/12/2006
Thank you for writing what I wish I had Karla...
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 9/12/2006
I well remember Floria Kelderhouse saying that "Pain makes the pen fly"... you have gained so much poetic stature this year, it seems to me Karla, and I am pleased to see your biog note saying "full-time poet"... can we writers BE anything else anyways??!! But this soul-wrought series of poems shows you at your showcase best... "And only some of the things that shine are... Karla!!" I could feel every word in the heart of your soul. Bless you and thank you. K xx
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 9/12/2006
What fitting and powerful poems, Karla! Each one bringing back those "unimaginable" images of that day! Yes, those images, first viewed, will remain locked in our hearts.

Reviewed by Dove JoAnne Cromp (Reader) 9/12/2006
Beautiful thoughts!! Thanks so much..

Love & Healing, Dove
Reviewed by Victor Buhagiar (Reader) 9/12/2006
Great poems all and I can understand all the emotions. And you are right. We don't have to see it on TV to remember it. It is always there, reminding me the wickedness of people who use God for their evil deeds. Victor
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 9/12/2006
Well said Karla!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Rhonda Galizia 9/12/2006
I dedicate each "anniversary" to prayer and intercession...for the survivors, the families and friends, the loved ones, the heroes, the President&First Lady, and our Nation at large.

Through your heart-piercing quadripartite,"Random Thoughts", I realize you were right there with me..and praise God for you.

Love you, Sister.
Reviewed by Myrna Badgerow 9/12/2006
On my desk sits a small picture frame with a slip of paper in it.. it simply says 'I'm Cali bound!'.. the last words I received from a friend. Your four poems are a fitting tribute... well written each one!

Reviewed by E T Waldron 9/12/2006
No one could have said it better Karla! This is a sterling set of poems that shines like the sun on a day that is burned into our psyche never to be forgotten! Outstanding! Eileen
Reviewed by Felix Perry 9/12/2006
Three wonderful and sad poems to add to the memories of all those lost on that fateful day.

Reviewed by Peter Paton 9/12/2006

Your outstanding poetic talents and skills shine like a lamp in this thoughtful 9/11 memorandum..

Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 9/12/2006

Powerful poems you have penned here; never forget!! Very well penned; brava!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your twin sister, Karen Lynn. :( >tears! <
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 9/12/2006
random thoughts
reflected in the pool
of memories, of a day
we will never forget.

Quite profound and truly heartfelt thoughts, I'd say, Karla.

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