Like tears in the night the rain washed
A cleansing cry that turned into a howling
The waterfalls continued splashing downward
Like blood from a wound,
Now joined by the liquid of the storm’s
The pain encircled you and consumed you.
Loss remembered became the eye of the storm.
Wind gusts threatened to extinguish
That which had survived a far greater tragedy
So many years ago.
One by one we were plunged into darkness.
Eternal flames sputtered and died.
Bricks and metal and flowers
Buried under trees fallen
Will we ever rise again to see the dawn?
In all disasters the strong survive.
Though plaza flooded, the new tower stood
Though loved ones were forever lost
Their brass plaques remained unburnished
by the debris.
The human heart has beat a thousand times
And will continue to beat, for we are stronger
than the storm.