John F. McCullagh

Gold Star - 5,341 Points (09/28/1954 / Flushing)

A Year Ago Today, The 9/11 Poem - Poem by John F. McCullagh

It was a year ago today
Twin towers built of steel and stone
Still stood beside the water’s edge
To greet the final morning dawn

It was a year ago today
Some Saudi’s bent on suicide
Commandeered a flock of planes
And human reason crucified

It was a year ago today
That wingless angels sought to fly
From the upper stories strewn with glass
To flee the fires of hell they tried

It was a year ago today
When dust and darkness reigned at noon
As glaring spotlights pierced the night
Stone by stone we searched the ruins

The year has past as it always must
3000 people now but dust
But should you come to walk Ground Zero
Tread lightly on the stuff of heroes.


Comments about A Year Ago Today, The 9/11 Poem by John F. McCullagh

  • (11/14/2010 4:21:00 PM)

    A lovely and very moving poem.I think the subject of this poem touched the hearts of the whole world as this poem touched mine. Wendy xx (Report)Reply

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  • (11/6/2009 5:24:00 PM)

    well written, moving, you have captured the solemn mood with images of the destruction but touched by an uplifting hand, as in this, one of my favorite stanzas:
    'That wingless angels sought to fly
    From the upper stories strewn with glass
    To flee the fires of hell they tried.'
    The repeating line worked to make it almost a song. The final verse is I think, the strongest:
    'The year has past as it always must
    3000 people now but dust
    But should you come to walk Ground Zero
    Tread lightly on the stuff of heroes. '
    Thank you John for sharing this.
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  • (10/26/2009 7:01:00 PM)

    A fitting tribute for all those innocent victims who were murdered for no reason.
    It is hard to believe it's almost 9 years ago, very well penned!
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Poem Submitted: Sunday, October 25, 2009

Poem Edited: Wednesday, November 4, 2009


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