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Where are the Words?

Where are the words?
My pen weeps and can find no form
To express its grief.
It’s covered with the dust
Of dissolving families
And trembles with birthing pains
Of orphans,
And so, fails to speak.

My ink flows red
With the blood
Of fire fighters, police officers,
Rescue teams and everyday people.
The mother who will never again
Rock her baby to sleep,
The father who will never
Toss another ball to his son,
The daughter who was a princess
In her wedding gown,
And the son who made
His parents so proud,
All the children
Who brought joy to their families,
All the parents
Who had plans for their future,
All the grandparents
Whose love was so needed
The brothers and sisters,
The aunts, uncles and cousins,
Now are but faces in the dust
Memories whose touch is still warm.

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Written after 9/11 when I found it so hard to write. In honor of those who died and those who love and miss them.


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Photography gives me an opportunity to preserve those seconds in time that appear only once. I hope you will find one piece of work that makes you smile, evokes a memory, comforts, or gives pleasure. Those are my goals each time the shutter clicks. May you always walk in Beauty!


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  • Tom Broderick IPA
    Tom Broderick IPAover 5 years ago

    nice work. tom

  • Thanks so much Tom!

    – Judith Hayes

  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandover 5 years ago

    Your pen finally found its way to the page. Awesome write. Well done.

  • Many thanks for the kind words JR!

    – Judith Hayes

  • Arco Iris  R
    Arco Iris Rover 5 years ago

    This is beautiful. Soon it will be September 11 again and I guess there will be more tribute that is going to be paid, because we won’t never forget.

  • Thank you happy. You sure are right when you say we will never forget.

    – Judith Hayes

  • warmsoul
    warmsoulover 5 years ago

    Beautiful writing.

  • Thanks so much warmsoul.

    – Judith Hayes

    KEITH R. WILL...about 5 years ago

    you’re a damn good writer

  • Appreciate your comment very much!

    – Judith Hayes

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