A Poem for 9/11

9-11-2001
10th anniversary

Reprinted with permission from Freshlife’s e-letter, FreshMail. Their website is: www.freshlife.com. Photos I took from the Internet.

In memory of all victims of war and terrorism

For vibrant lives suddenly and shamelessly sacrificed, we lift up the ashes of our loss,

O Source of Life.

For the lives that continue, haunted forever by the pain of absence,

we lift up the ashes of our remorse,

O Wellspring of Compassion.

For the conflagration of flames and nightmare images

forever seared into our memories,

we lift up the ashes of our pain,

O Breathing Spirit of the World.

For the charred visions of peace and the dry taste of fear,

we lift up the ashes of our grief,

O Infinite.

For all the deaths that have been justified

by turning the love of God or country into fanatical arrogance,

we lift up the ashes of our shame,

O God.

For the ways humanity pursues violence rather than understanding,

we lift up our anger,

O Transforming One.

For the ways we allow national, religious and ethnic boundaries

to circumscribe our compassion, we lift up our hardness,

O Wellspring of Compassion.

For our addiction to weapons and the ways of militarism we lift up our fear,

O Source of Life.

For the ways we cast blame and create enemies we lift up our self-righteousness,

O God.

Just as water wears away the hardest of stones,

so too may the power of your compassion soften the hardness of our hearts

and draw us into a future of justice and peace.

For sowing seeds of justice to blossom into harmony.

For seeing clearly the many rainbow colors of humanity and earth,

For calling us to life beyond our grieving…

O Breathing Spirit of the World, hear our plea.

Just as water births life in a desert and gives hope to the wounded,

so too may the power of your nurturing renew our commitment to peace.


Written by Rev. Patricia Pearce, former pastor of Tabernacle United Church, Philadelphia; and Rabbi Arthur Waskow, of The Shalom Center, Philadelphia.

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