Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Forever To Remain OR 9/11 Remembered


Today’s poem is one of several I have written on the subject of the 9/11 tragedies in the United States. A slightly different version was first published in an anthology, 9/11: The Memory Lives On, Poetry Now (Forward Press) 2004, and subsequently in my collection.

Having personally known someone who was killed in the 9/11 attacks, I felt the need to post this poem in memory of all those who died; survivors and everyone else having to live with the consequences of  that terrible day. I cannot get to Ground Zero, but felt privileged to be asked some time ago to read a poem over my friend Graham’s video of the memorial for British victims in London’s Grosvenor Square:


No matter how much of a grip terrorism may seek to have on the world and its peoples, it will never defeat the innate goodness of the human condition. It would help, though (surely?) if we were at least united in mutual respect of various socio-cultural-religious differences instead of fighting over them and thereby making us all the more vulnerable to the terrorist threat.

As previous feedback suggests some readers cannot access You Tube for one reason or another, I have posted the You Tube video again below. 

This poem is a villanelle:


Among the world’s passions piling high,
Love and Hate near breaking even,
twin towers forever reaching for the sky

Fear and Hope - in a cruel storm’s eye,
ascent into pain, ladder to heaven
among the world’s passions piling high

Though dogs of war may not pass us by,
pray Peace and Mercy be shown,
twin towers forever reaching for the sky

Political ambition, religion’s blind eye,
spiralling us into confusion…
among the world’s passions piling high

Let us plant flowers where loved-ones lie,
seeds of Joy for Remembrance sown,
twin towers forever reaching for the sky

Though terror its ugly tentacles try
again, again, to drag us down…
among the world’s passions piling high,
twin towers forever reaching for the sky

Copyright R. N. Taber 2005; 2012

[Note: This poem has been slightly revised from the version that appears in 1st eds. of A Feeling for the Quickness of Time by R. N. Taber, Assembly Books, 2005; revised ed. in e-format in preparation.]

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