On That Day it Didn’t Matter

A poem for the day after 9/11

On that day it didn’t matter
Who you were
Or where you were from
Or who you voted for
Or how you got here
Or where you were going

On that day it didn’t matter
If you were Black
Or White
Or Asian
Or Hispanic
Or Indigenous
Or Arabic
Or Another

We were one nation
Under attack
Helping each other
Out of the hot, twisted steel
Piled high
Where the towers had
Only moments before
Pointed skyward
Staunch symbol
Of formidable strength
Crumpled in a heap

Hands searching
Reaching for humanity
In the debris–
In the debris,
Reaching for humanity
Men, women, children
Image-bearers of God Most High
Stranger-friends
Forever bonded
By the shared hell
Of ash and metal and paper and people
Falling from the sky
#neverforget

But we have forgotten

On this day it matters
Who are you?
Where are you from?
Who did you vote for?
How did you get here?
Where are you going?

On this day it matters
If you are Black
Or White
Or Asian
Or Hispanic
Or Indigenous
Or Arabic
Or Another

We are one nation
On the attack
Hurting each other
With hot, twisted words
Piled high
Where hope lies
Mortally wounded,
Waiting
To point us skyward
Stark symbol
Of formidable strength
Crumpled in a heap

Angry accusations enrage
While justice speaks
But we keep screaming
So we can’t hear her pleading,
“Where is the humanity in this debris of insanity?”
Men, women, children
Image-bearers of God Most High
Suspicious strangers
Shouting
Hurt and anger and fear and judgment
Flying from our lips

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Help us remember
#neverforget

About Julia

Welcome! I'm so glad you stopped by. My name is Julia. I am a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a teacher, and most recently, a writer. Above all, I am a daughter of the King. I am constantly amazed at God's goodness in my life; undeserved and unlimited. Come sit and visit awhile. The teapot's always on the stove.
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