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A Hero of the Towers

by Riverlight

TW: This poem was written in remembrance of the events of 9/11/2001.

Note: I was not alive when 9/11 happened. But like most people, I've seen the pictures, the videos. I've read the articles, the testimonies. This is not meant to idealize any part of the tragedy that was 9/11.

I can still smell the smoke from that September day,

the day where towers fell and lives were cast away.

I can recall the tears of mourning and the prayers that healed us all;

I was in New York the day I watched the Twin Towers fall.

Four planes flew from coast to coast that morn,

and they would change the fate of America forevermore.

Lo, I stood on the ground as the attack began;

I watched the smoke billow down from the North Tower's parapet.

Less than twenty minutes later, I saw the ghastly sight once more:

Satan's loyal workers attacked the South Tower's steel core.

My eyes brimmed with tears as I watched on hopelessly;

What on Earth was happening to the Land of the Free?

The sirens wrang out, the people cried, bang, and then silence came--

the South Tower soon fell, killing all still inside; we knew not who to blame.

The North Tower followed her beloved sister mere minutes afterwards.

Our prayers were unanswered, our mourning forgotten, while our tears streamed down to the earth.

I can still remember what New York was like that September day,

for I was there and died as the North Tower gave way.

I have been avenged by the grace of my loving God,

for he has led my brethern to protect and defend once more.

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Wed Sep 15, 2021 2:29 am
IMK wrote a review...

Hey! IMK here.


First of all. Thank you so much for writing this. It's really important that people understand that 9/11 was a huge event in the history of America, and the entire world.


Now onto the poem as a poem. I really love the imagery, its very emotional and thorough. I also love the use of descriptive terms like ghastly.

The punctuation is refreshing, I rarely see people using dashes and semicolon as obsessively as I do (not implying that your use is obsessive).

Personifying ideas is something i do pretty commonly, but I'm not sure what I think of it when used to describe the twin towers.

Other than that, i only see a few spelling errors (brethern --> brethren on the last line) (wrang --> rang in "The sirens wrang out") and a moment where I would replace a word with an interjection (the people cried, bang, and then silence came-- --> the people cried- BANG! And then silence came--).


That's it for my review, have a good day!



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Tue Sep 14, 2021 4:20 pm
ILUVBUNNIES08 wrote a review...

I just got to say wow this is so emotional and I love how you wrote about 9/11. This almost made me cry. I feel like this should be published. I mean I am not an expert writer or reviewer but this is really good. When you said, "Less than twenty minutes later, I saw the ghastly sight once more Satan's loyal workers attacked the South Tower's steel core." I just had chills. Those men who destroyed the tower went into this knowing they would die but they did it anyway. Whoever recruited these people deserve to be punished.

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Tue Sep 14, 2021 4:15 pm


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