Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Anywhere but there

There are hundreds of locations for a new Mosque/Islamic Cultural Center to be constructed in New York City. Building one less than five hundred feet from where the World Trade Center once stood is not one of them. The location, which houses an historic, Classic Revival building from 1858, has fragments of human remains and pieces of the jet planes still on the roof.

Use the building as a memorial to those who died. Use the building as a firefighter museum. Tear the building down if it is unsafe and build a park where people can sit and reflect on that day, a day that people seem to be forgetting.

 The details on the new Mosque can be found in this article.

 I received the following email from a reader:

Dear Gina,
Remember that poem you wrote about 9/11? Can you print that again? We need it now. Thank You, "P"

This is a reprint from a post I wrote on September 11, 2008.

That Day
The bluest sky I ever saw
Soft September air
Bright Sunshine
Primary day.
Traffic moving well said the radio

The roar over my head
Going inside and not thinking about it
Giving my name to the receptionist
A small plane has struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center said the radio

A secretary screaming into the phone
"Is mom OK?!"
The word is spread through the waiting room
A security guard appears
Another plane has struck the South Tower of the World Trade Center said the radio

The doctor telling the staff to cancel all appointments
The security guard tells us no one can leave
I look for the exit
People are jumping from the upper floors said the radio

Standing with others on the sidewalk
No one knowing what to do, where to go
It is so quiet
Get out of here
Manhattan is in lockdown said the radio

Try uptown
Getting on the Triborough Bridge 
I am alone 
Stop the car, get out and look
The South Tower is down said the radio

Black, white, gray and then pink
Lower Manhattan smoldering
What has happened to our city?
Planes are still unaccounted for said the radio

Looking up 
Get off this bridge
Where are we going to go?
What is happening?
The Pentagon has been hit said the radio

Why doesn't the air force shoot down the planes?
Is that a fighter jet?

A plane is headed for the White House said the radio

Try the phone again
Is Tommy OK? 
Go home
Try the phone again
The North Tower has fallen said the radio

"Drive safely
Hurry and get home
Don't stay on the open road too long if you can help it
I love you

All planes have been ordered down said the radio

No cars
Alone on the eastbound lane
Inbound is at a standstill.
The President has announced it is a terrorist attack said the radio

The emergency lane westbound
Volunteer Fire Companies
Long Island is coming
Dumptrucks, earth movers, cranes
Help is on the way

Possibly 30,000 people dead said the radio

Getting home
Seeing on TV what happened.
Has anyone heard from Tommy?
"I can't get on the bridge to Connecticut
They have it closed, I am coming to your house"

A plane has crashed into a field in Pennsylvania said the radio

Dad is here
We watch the coverage
We try to comprehend
Tommy is home and OK
What is going to happen?

Mayor Giuliani is going to speak said the radio

The President arrives back in Washington
He speaks to the nation
They may have attacked our buildings, but they did not touch our resolve
We are one
We stand together

There are no survivors said the radio

People reaching out to people
Have you seen this person? Worked on 97th Floor North Tower

Aujourd'hui, nous sommes tous les Américains said France

The calls coming in
Her husband
His brother
My friend
Our cousin
We will never forget you

Americans are forgetting the events of September 11, 2001 says the radio

She went to work
He was doing his job
He heard the fire call
They got on an airplane

They died for no reason other than hate against our Nation said the radio

The moment we forget the enormity of 9.11.01
Is the moment we forget those who died
Remember this day.

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