More thoughts on the recent events
Last night I was talking to my sister on the phone and she mentioned that she had a "poem" formulating in her head, but thought it would just sound silly or insignificant if she wrote it down. I encouraged her to write it anyway, and this is what she had to say. (Hardly "silly" if you ask me.)
I Will Persevere
I am overwhelmed by feelings of grief and loss. I grieve, not for the loss of loved ones, for I have truly been blessed to have my family safe and sound. But I grieve....
for the loss of thousands of people,
When I try to imagine how the mothers and fathers, the
brothers and sisters, the daughters and sons, and the
grandfathers and grandmothers that have lost the loved
ones might feel, my eyes water up, my chest gets tight,
and I have to stop. I cannot tolerate the pain.
for the loss of a sense of safety,
I will now always wonder what is going to happen when I
or a loved one gets on a plane, instead of thinking of the
adventure of the trip that is about to ensue. I will wonder
what bad news is coming with the 7 am phone call
instead of looking forward to talking to a loved one. I will
wonder if my son will be safe when I drop him off at
daycare or at school instead of wondering what he will
learn that day.
for the loss of humanity,
These acts of terrorism are inhuman and they dig a hole
into the heart of my country and into the hearts of people
around the world.
and for my son.
I question why I brought someone into this world where
such cruelty can occur. I love my son with all of my heart
and I don't know how to protect him from the horror of
I am ANGRY at the people who think they have the right to kill tousands of innocent people. I am angry at the people who cheer and throw candy at the news of thousands of mothers and fathers, and daughters and sons being killed. They have no right to do that and yet they do. I am angry that I no longer feel safe in my country and that I have to raise my son in such an hostile world. I am angry that I feel confused in making sense of what happened and helpless as to how to help the world, my country, those who have been hurt, and those who have lost loved
But I will NOT give in to those feelings of confusion or helplessness. I will NOT let my anger turn into HATE.
I WILL find way to honor those who have died...
By using my anger to give me strength and courage to face the
world and remind the world of good, of hope, of life, and of
By not giving into fear and living in darkness.
By embracing life and making the most out of every minute.
By valuing my family and making time to enjoy them and show
By teaching my son that although there is both bad and good
in the world, evil will not ultimately win when there is good.
By treating every person I meet with respect.
This will not be easy to accomplish. I am sure that I will frequently
want to give in to fear and anger.
But I will persevere because
I am a woman,
I am a mother,
I am an American,
and I am human.
by Nancy KS Kurokawa, Ph.D.
September 11, 2001 after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon
Wow....Jeanie, I too thank you and your sister for sharing that beautiful poem with us. My sentiments exactly only beautifully put.
I wonder why it takes something of this magnitude to make us realize what we have as Americans and citizens of a free world. I'm sure her sentiments are exactly what is being felt all over our country, but few have a way of putting it into words. I think her effort was certainly worth putting in a place where others can see it. Thanks very much.
Thanks for the sentiments everyone - I'll pass them on to my sister.
Ed, I too wonder why it takes something of this magnitude for us to realize what we have here in this country. I can only hope that we can now remember for a long time coming without needing another event like this to jog our memories.
The poem was truly beautiful.I must admit that the reality of what happened on Tuesday has not hit me yet.I can't seem to believe it happened. We were scheduled to fly out of Miami on Tuesday for a trip to France .. We were staying at an airport hotel Tuesday night and they actually had military planes flying over Miami. Anyway, in the end we decided to cancel our plans due to many logistical problems.This is first time we have ever had to do this.
Having had gone to school and worked in lower Manhattan I know the area well and can't comprehend the enormity of what happened. The World Trade Center complex was actually started in the late 60's and completed around'72. It's odd to actually remember the skyline when the twin towers were not there.The NY Telephone company and A T&T had buildings in the area which were torn down (among others)to make way for the new center. ..What I find so tragically heatbreaking is the number of emergency rescue squads who are missing in the carnage. .and all of those families of the missing. Living life in the present and recognizing how very fragile it is is something we all need to be aware of.
I have one thing that is puzzling me.I've only been catching the tv coverage in bits and pieces and am wondering if anyone has seen Cheney on tv and what is he saying.
I doubt much will be seen of or heard from the Vice-President. Most likely he is organizing the logistics of what will be, or is intended to be, a much broader response than sending a few cruise missles into a patch of desert. If/when the response begins, I hope folks who so bravely talk now are prepared to tough it out especially when it becomes apparent that in order to get rid of the Terrorist orginizations you have to kill the support groups as well...and that means, on occasion, communities of men, women, children, old folks etc.. As Gen. W.T.Sherman said ; " There are no innocents in war." I, for one, hope that this country has the fortitude to do what is necessary including the unplesant task of eliminating the support sector. One of my kids works in the Intelligence community on overseas assignment and the thing which worries me the most is the fickle attitude of certain segments of the population who, when confronted with the realities of War, begin sniveling about how wrong it is to hurt "innocent" by-standers, regardless of the fact that these same" by-standers" are the very ones providing support for and aide to, the terrorist groups. If America and the world want to be reasonably free from fear of terrorist attacks, there is a price in human life to pay and unless we are prepared to absorb casualties as well as inflict them on the entire populations of these "rogue" countries and orginizations,without handwringing and "humanitarian clap-trap" we better not do anything. I would hate to see American Service and Civilian personnel give up their lives for a nation and world that values the lives of terrorists and their supporters over freedom. Tom
I agree fullyTom and I would also add to that by saying that in our fight for freedom against terrorism, remember that those Muslims who are our American brothers and sisters should not have to shoulder the blame of the radicals who did this. I would hate to think we learned nothing when we hunted down the Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor. People are not guilty by association just as those who died in this tragedy were not guilty because of our American foriegn policy. We want the guilty to suffer not the innocent.
Dj, True Islam is one of the most gentle and enlightened religions of this world. While Europeans were burning at the stake those who insisted that the Earth was not the center of the Universe with all else revolving around it, Islamic Scholars were plotting and calculating ,using advanced mathematics, the motions of celestial bodies as well as writing timless treasures of literature and poetry. Tolerance and hospitality is not only a hallmark of true Islam, it is a fundamental part of that belief system and to strike out against those who practice it, simply because those persons look, talk or act differently, makes those doing the striking simply put, Terrorists themselves-- who should expect to be treated as such. While there are those of Islamic faith in this country who do not have the best interests of America at heart, it is the job of Law Enforcement and the Intelligence network to ferret them out and deal with them. I might add there are just as many professing the Christian faith who also seek to damage this country as well--terrorism is a religion unto itsself regardless of what anyone may say--there is no higher power in it. Fanatics are all cut from the same cloth---Bigoted, ignorant and very, very dangerous. I just hope that This country will now allow the Law Enforcement and Intelligence communities to operate without having their hands tied--That doesnot mean unfettered license to trample fundamental freedom, but the ability to investigate, identify and if necessary eliminate those who practice the terrorist trade--be it foreign or domestic in nature. Tom
Last edited by thomasgeorge; 09-13-2001 at 12:06 PM.
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