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Fire Flights

Once it was beautiful
Now it is gone
Destruction everywhere
Far beyond
Fire, smoke, debris
It’s all there
Too many people in despair
Friends, family, loved ones
With no trace
Hopefully now in God’s embrace
Too many names for us to list
There’s only one wish
Maybe a miracle, would it be true
Not this day, for me or you
September 11, 2001
Etched in all of freedoms rungs
A ladder wrought with some 3,000 souls
Look to the heavens for some solace
Not on this day September 11

by Richard O’Brien
FDNY retired

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