Posts Tagged ‘WTC’

Notre Dame Cathedral, is not just a landmark or a Christian symbol but a building that is loved by people all over the world. My heart went out to the people crying the night it burned. Made me remember how I cried when the Twin Towers at Manhattan’s World Trade Center fell. People didn’t understand, at that time, that one can have an emotional attachment to a building! I think after this fire the world realizes that some buildings are not just wood, stone and steel. They are entities with living histories, important to those who lived near, worked or walked through them.

I wrote this poem shortly after the towers fell. As I watched the news about Notre Dame I recalled this poem. Upon rereading it, shivers ran through me. We all remember the iconic piece of the Tower’s façade that landed upright in the Pile. I saw that it resembled the front stonework of Gothic cathedral architecture and hence was the inspiration for this poem:

When Spires Fall
11/12/2001

When spires fall
The Cathedral calls
To the darkening sky
To which the dove does fly.
Past the open spaces
The river now races.
Creating pain in the heart,
Making us cry.

In a heap of metal
Scattered like petals
All twisted and torn
From earth you were shorn.
Your sisters are crying,
The wounded are dying.
From mothers and fathers
No children born.

When spires fall
The Cathedral calls
To the darkening sky
To which the dove does fly.
The rubble is burning
Sad hearts are yearning
Searching for the missing
Who didn’t die.

The world has been darkened
Sad memories harken.
For the spires are shattered
Their ashes now scattered.
A dream has been broken.
No words can be spoken
For the soul of a nation
So violently battered.

When spires fall
The Cathedral calls
To the darkening sky
To which the dove does fly.
We continue our searches
In mosques, synagogues and churches.
Where only God can now
Lift us high.

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