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The Lights That Have Vanished
(In Memory of the Terrorist Attack on America, September 11, 2001)

A Poem by:

Michael Hillmer

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Let us go then

Where we have never had to go before

Straight down into the heart of the horror

From which there can be no retreat

Walking these half-deserted, ashen, blasted, bloody streets

Feeling the earth shudder beneath our feet

Watching the memory of the lights that have vanished

From these Twin Towers of man's belief

In humanity and world peace, fade

Seeing as we've never seen before

Our transfigured anger redeeming our sight

The diffuse visualization of justice

Blossoming from that anger seeking the light

Our hearts of darkness breaking

From the sound of rolling thunder

Asking the eternal question

"What is wrong?" "What is right?"

Those who were living are now dead

We who are living are now dying

Moment by moment

With little patience for mercy or regret

Wondering, is the very air that we live by safe

This is the end of innocence

The time for saving grace.


Michael Hillmer
Copyright © 2002

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