Ode for 911

There are moments in time

Forever etched in our minds

Two burning towers

Burning two hours

Fallen like dominoes

Wilting like flowers

Americans leaping to their deaths

Bodies slung to and fro

Shell-shocked observers

Knowing not where to go

We watched it unfold

Saw the carnage live and in the flesh

We crumbled in fear

Wondering who would be next

The Pentagon burning

Our hearts yearning

For peace and normalcy

For our sense of security


Dear Lord,

Have mercy…


We were sure we all would die

Could not believe our eyes

If the planes did not destroy us,

The broken hearts would surely try

The symbolism was noted

As our hearts emoted

Symbols of freedom, prosperity, and strength

Crumbling in angst


But the ultimate loss

Was not the symbols, but the lives

People going about their daily business

Only to be snuffed out,

But why?

Why is not just a question

But a condition to endure

We will never have all the answers

For that, you can be sure


But there is one last thing

That cannot be taken away

As we live our lives

From day to day

You can never burn, crash into,

snuff or destroy

The love we have for one another

and shall employ

There is a spirit that endures

An American Spirit

And it shall soar

Soar high above the earth

You can’t take away our brotherhood

You can’t take away our worth


Let’s roll…

Let’s do this…

Let’s hold hands and unite

We can conquer fear, doubt,  and confusion

If we keep Unity

In our sight


We will survive

We will survive

And we shall thrive


Our brothers and sisters

Our fellow






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I am a wife, mother, RN, make-up artist, and musician, who also happens to have a mood disorder. Fortunately, I will not let the latter define me. I am also a survivor of suicide loss. This website is dedicated to my brother, Jefferson Joseph Blanton-Harris ("Joey"). This site is to share thoughts about beauty, fashion, and most of all, mental health. Because fabulousness starts with good mental health! ~"I only want to see you laughing in the Purple Rain" - Prince

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