September blue sky, American city
full of lives taken that day
trapped on planes, on floors high above
that American city, under September blue sky
bustling business until crash witnessed
upward gazes frozen, shocked in place
not one…two…not three…four
not an accident…intentional
steel marvel melted, imploding
inward like nothing seen before
dust apocalypse consumes all
in its path
the smell of annihilation
of nothing left
of silenced life
life that fought
no one should
life that will always be remembered
that American city, forever changed
on that September blue sky day
and forever stronger
the heartbeat of a nation
leading the way
two towers gone
3000 lives lost
millions of tears shed
one country united
~ Emily C.
16 years ago was as blue a sky kind of day as today. I remember the stunning confusion, the watching endless hours of coverage. I remember initial denial bargaining, saying, “Surely they had to all have gotten out, right…right?” Then realizing we were watching thousands dying live on tv. I still went to work…numb. Came home and sobbed while watching the footage of people pleading for info on their loved ones, missing posters lining the streets. I remember the silence of the lake’s float planes that were always daily
sound in my apartment. Eerie quiet.
But, ultimately, as traumatic as it was from 3000 miles away, it didn’t really hit fully until visiting Ground Zero last year, the monuments, and the museum; that the true magnitude of that day could feel tangible.
It’s hard to say what impacted me the most, but the tears really poured when I saw the foundation wall of one of the towers behind which still lie uncollected remains, and upon the face of which has blue tiles, as blue as the sky that day with the quote “No day shall erase you from the memory of time.” Or maybe the portion of preserved staircase that still has blood stains on it. The mangled fire trucks, the personal items, the recorded phone calls, the video.
I think everyone should hope to visit in their lifetimes. Never forget the victims and heroes. May it never be repeated.