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Have you forgotten what happened that day?
How we all screamed and ran and covered our eyes
How death ended so many precious lives
How children cried for moms and dads
Who would never come to comfort them again.

Have you forgotten the images we saw?
How the smoke filled the screen
How the screams filled our ears
How perfect strangers huddled together
The rich and the poor trying to comfort one another

Have you forgotten the brave sacrifice?
How people ran in when everyone else ran out
How they battled the flames and the smoke
How they went back again and again
And went back one last time, and won't go home again.

Have you forgotten our fervent prayers?
How we hoped for survivors
How we poured out donations
How we came together for one cause
Even as our hopes were dashed time and again

Have you forgotten the horrible tragedy?
How thousands died without reason
How each day children are parentless
How loved ones made that one last call
Before crashing a plane to save us all

Have you forgotten the value of life?
How we swore we would avenge them
How we said we would bring killers to justice
How we promised that we would make the world
A safer place for all children

Have you forgotten the day that changed our lives?
So I realise I haven't written any poetry in a while, and I'm sorry, I just haven't been depressed. I'm not particularly depressed now, just angry about the people who want us to pull out of Iraq imediately. Its stupid. Period, end of story. What you would get would be far worse than the Taliban ever were. No we need to see it through. Even if you don't agree with this, at least read the poem, there's something else.

Style notes: Don't tell me that you don't like my punctuation, I have it like it is for a reason. Other than that there are a few end rhymns, but nothing throughout the entire poem.








Yeah, if you can't tell what this is about think back to September four years ago.
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xXProwlXx Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i agree with both your poem and your point of view. if we really backed out of iraq, they'd just come back and bomb us again. they'd probably go nuclear and kill millions, so the little "no brain anti-war person against all this" is a bunch of bull to me. i got no problem with people who are against war, but it pisses me off when people are like we dont need this war, its bad for the economy and crap. war is necessary, and this war wouldnt even be here if the taliban hadnt killed so many of our own in the first place.
sorry about my rant, heh, sorry
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CheekyValiance Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2006  Hobbyist Writer
I can't read about 9/11 for another 20 years. in future generations this peom may be famous (to those children who did not live through 9/11) but to write about 9/11 evokes powerful images more personal to the audience and makes them almost callous to your poem.. it's well written, but I'm numb to it by now.
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kuroinami Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2006  Hobbyist Writer
I was angry when I wrote it. Very angry, people seemed to have forgotten all of those feeling you described, and I don't think they should forget, at least, not for a while.
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gifts-raemanzu Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2005  Student Writer
*nods* very meaningful...thank you for writing it. *thoughtful silence*
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kuroinami Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2005  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks. I'm glad you got something from it.
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LadyShadowblade Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2005
Wow.
Good style choice of asking questions, because it does make the reader question themself. Simple but elegant language, extremely evocative. :cries:
I'm glad you wrote this...too many people have forgotten the tragedy and the sacrifice of that day...
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kuroinami Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2005  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks, though I don't feel especially deserving of your praise. There are some flow problems that I'm going to have to correct later. I'm glad you liked it, though.
And as far as I'm concerned, the world will NEVER be allowed to forget 9/11
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LadyShadowblade Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2005
Oh pshaw. My philospohy is if you receive praise, you've earned it.
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kuroinami Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2005  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, well, you can't argue with that I guess, lol
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vaneral Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Very moving. Mah neh, it feels like some people have forgotten. But it's welcome to know there are others who haven't.

I'm glad you're actually informed about the war. IT's frustrating talking to people who only listen to the media. My dad went over twice and said the exact same thing--the iraqis want us there and are grateful. This was truly a pleasure to read.
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kuroinami Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2005  Hobbyist Writer
Wai, I didn't realise that you read my stuff, but I'm glad that you do.

Yes, my dad is very involved with the government, and he helps keep me informed, though I have already developed my own dislike for the media. I'm glad that you enjoyed it.
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TakJak Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"How they went back again and again
And went back one last time, and won't go home again."

:'( i like that line. won't go home again...
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kuroinami Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2005  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, the whole thing makes me sad, angry, confused and helpless. I always wish there was something more I could do.
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TakJak Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:hug: well that's all i can do for you :)were
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kuroinami Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2005  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks :)
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mysterygirl87 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2005
well I really like your poem but I dont agree with your point in the whole war situation we are losing alot more people in that war than we did with the two towers children are becoming parentless with each passing day families are losing loved. If we dont stop this war than it will just become worse and worse we will lose more family and friends than we ever thought of........ Do you have any family in the war, just a question..
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kuroinami Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2005  Hobbyist Writer
I actually have a bunch of friends and family of friends over there, and I'm praying that they will make it home. If we leave now, though, we give up the government to the insergents, and with the fragile state of affairs it won't be long before the warlords have taken over. If you thought Sadam was bad with the torcher and rape chambers, mass genocide, and terrorisation of his own people, then you havn't seen anything yet. It would be much MUCH worse if these people got into power. Its a hard choice, but keeping our boys over there might be best for everyone in the long run.

Besides that, most of the soldiers don't want to pull out. They think that they are doing their patriotic duty and they are helping people and they don't want to come home just yet, not while they have the insergents on the run. One of my teacher's daughters is over in Iraq and she says its nothing like what they portray it on the news. The people of Iraq want us to be there and are thankful that we got rid of Sadam for them. I would be too.
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mysterygirl87 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2005
I dunno I just dont want people dying in a war or being in a war it changes people plus its turing into another world war I dunno I guess...
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kuroinami Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2005  Hobbyist Writer
No one wants people dieing in war, but it happens. Do you know how many people died in a single day during the Civil War? 20,000. In one day. There were times during WWII that we lost thousands in a week. Compared to that we’ve lost very few. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to trivialize the sacrifice that people have made from our country in Iraq, on the contrary, I think they deserve the highest honors. All I am saying is that it could be worse, much, much worse.

As for turning into another world war, you’ve been listening to the media too much (no offense). The media is totally against the war, period. They will say anything to make it look bad. This couldn’t turn into a world conflict, not while the UN is still around and the US still has the smallest fraction of common sense (hard to believe yes, but we do posses a small amount of common sense somewhere within the government).

Let me just say this, I don’t support war, and I never will, unless it is the last option available. War is a horrible thing. I support our country and our troops, though, and as long as there are soldiers in Iraq I will support them and what they are doing. I support what they are fighting for, the freedom of all people.
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mysterygirl87 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2005
I m not saying that I dont support them Its just I dunno ..... I cant explain it but I so get where you are coming from
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kuroinami Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2005  Hobbyist Writer
If you support them, then why do you want them to give up their mission of freedom. I'm not trying to be mean or rude, I'm trying to understand your viewpoint. Why do you want them to leave when they are doing so much good right where they are?
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mysterygirl87 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2005
Becuase there are innocent people dying everywhere and I dont think that all of them want to be out there they have familes that need them.... why do they have to sacrfice themseleves for us we have freedom already what more do we need if we just leave them alone they will leave us alone we are the ones who started the whole thing by going over there to look for mass destrucion when there wasnt any in the first place
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kuroinami Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2005  Hobbyist Writer
They are not "dying all over the place", you make it sound like they are dropping like flies. Give them a little more credit than that. Yes, there are men and women dying, but not in huge droves. And do you think that our freedom is so cheep that we can just sit back and watch it? Every generation has had it's war, its price to keep our freedom.

And what about the people of Iraq? They're human too, do they not deserve to live in freedom like we do? Do they not deserve basic human rights that Sadam Hussain denied to them for so long? Thats why the inergents are attacking, they don't want everyone to have equal rights, they want the power to be in the hands of a few ruthless individuals.

Also, we don't know that there were never any in the first place, thats just what the media reports. For all we know one day out in the desert a huge stockpile of weapons could turn up. Iraq is by no means a small country, and there are numerous places to hide even the largest weapons. Just because we havn't found anything yet doesn't mean it isn't there. And even if it isn't, we are fighting for another cause now too. Freedom for all.
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