Today is a date that is etched on our memories. A day that most of us can recall where we were when we first heard the news or watched events unfold on September 11th 2001.
I was in Ireland and had come home from work at lunchtime to walk the dog and then spend the afternoon writing. I switched on the television and thought it very odd that there was an action film on at that time of day. I then watched in horror as the second plane flew into the tower. A building where only a few months earlier the two of us had visited during a weekend in New York and had enjoyed lunch and a bottle of wine in the rooftop restaurant.
As with the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963 when I was ten years old, the world stood still at the enormity of an act of senseless violence. America became the focus of the world’s thoughts and prayers.
Even today thousands of those who survived that attack live with the grief, the physical and mental health issues, as do the loved ones of those who died.
We can show our respect each year by taking a moment to honour them.
The date is also important for a more positive reason since it is my parent’s wedding anniversary. They married in 1940 and watched a dog fight between a spitfire and a German fighter in the skies above the village, and had to shelter beneath the stairs as bombs were jettisoned over the countryside following a raid on the Portsmouth docks.
I wrote this first poem prompted my mother’s reaction to the events of 9/11/2001 on what would have been their 61st anniversary.
Wedding Anniversary September 11th 1940 and a day of remembrance.
young and in love
walked into the sun
of a September day.
Above them in the blue sky
machines of war flew in combat,
gunfire serenading bride and groom
on what should have been their most treasured day.
Sixty-one years later on the same date,
an old woman reflects on her life.
Remembering all of the love,
still so strong despite her loss,
and saddened to the core,
that despite the years,
machines of war
in blue skies
©Sally Cronin 2019
Thank you for dropping by and I wish you a safe and peaceful weekend.. Sally.