The Silence and the Darkness: September 11, 2001

Written by on September 11, 2014 in Family & Children & Thoughts on Things with 0 Comments

Today I am re-running “The Silence and the Darkness,” a poem about September 11, 2001.

The Silence and the Darkness

September 11, 2001

Can you hear the silence?
There’s a space there in your mind
many years old but still brand new—
still burning you and touching you
though you were far away.
Can you see the silence?
Not cloud was in the sky,
but an airplane then a missile
turned into a tower
and your world stopped to ponder
until there was another
and then you were not sure at all
of what it was you knew,
but you knew it was a morning
unlike any other
and you would not forget.
Can you smell the silence?
Terror reigned and rained
in Pennsylvania, NYC and DC
and sunny skies were filled with clouds
of smoke and fire and shouts and screams
and gasps and sirens 
and mothers, fathers, children crying—
a spot of sun through monstrous clouds:
this was life among the dead;
this was life among the dying.
Then the loudest sound of all:
Silence so profound
from sky down to the ground
and back again.
And then the sky began to fall.
And all we knew was nothing,
nothing then at all.
You recall the silence.
It is always there—
a space inside your mind
that never will be filled:
not with pictures; not with sound;
just a piece of silence
in a place of darkest darkness
inside of which is vastness
with a thousand million questions
and a thousand million resolutions
that all come down to this:
How shall we now live?
The silence and the darkness
brought by stealthy enemy
somehow can unite us
when we ourselves can not.
Remember those who perished.
Remember those they loved.
And remember then the heroes:
They never let us down.
Celebrate that silence.
Celebrate that darkness.
Celebrate that space.
And celebrate America,
rising from the ashes.
Can you feel the silence?
Then ponder once again:
Who have we become?
And who shall we now be?
©Daniel Mark Extrom / All rights reserved


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