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9/11 Rememberance

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Yesterday could only be described as an emotional day. Certainly more so for those who lost friends and loved ones in the devestating attacks of September 11, 2001. Like many things that New York City does very well, the citizens of the City that Never Sleeps (or Forgets) turn our in force to express their grief and the unerring support for those who died in an utter act of unabashed hatred. In an extremely moving address, Gov. George Pataki recited a poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay. The poem entiteled "A Dirge Without Music" is a very moving piece that fits with the solemnity of the such an anniversary.

I am not resigned to the shutting away of loving hearts in the hard ground.
So it is, and so it will be, for so it has been, time out of mind:
Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely. Crowned
With lilies and with laurel they go; but I am not resigned.

Lovers and thinkers, into the earth with you.
Be one with the dull, the indiscriminate dust.
A fragment of what you felt, of what you knew,
A formula, a phrase remains,—but the best is lost.

The answers quick and keen, the honest look, the laughter, the love,—They are gone.
They are gone to feed the roses. Elegant and curled
Is the blossom. Fragrant is the blossom. I know. But I do not approve.
More precious was the light in your eyes than all the roses in the world.

Down, down, down into the darkness of the grave
Gently they go, the beautiful, the tender, the kind;
Quietly they go, the intelligent, the witty, the brave.
I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned.

Whether you approve or disapprove of the "War" in Iraq, or the "War" on Terrorism, yesterday was a time to reflect, and to be, above all else...An American.



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