Pause for September 11

Don’t say – remember.
Some of our remembers
are complicated
by what was happening to us
and some of us do not remember
because we are too young.

Pause for September 11.

Don’t say – pray.
Some of us want to pray
about the fires ravaging the west,
the terrible losses
of the coronavirus pandemic,
and some want to assign God
a personal agenda
of the first two amendments,
immigration, or masks.

Pause for September 11.

Don’t say – be a patriot.
That has too many meanings,
mostly full of
this-is-the-right-way
and the rest of you are wrong
and can also be confused
with a football team, TV show,
or surface-to-air missile.

Just pause for September 11.

In 2001 particular people died.
People who helped continue to die.
People died in acts
of response or retaliation.
People who live still grieve.
People who live
try to make the world better
because of that day.

Pause.

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12 Responses to Pause for September 11

  1. Jessica McArdle says:

    Truly, let us pause. Thank you, Maren.

  2. beegood1 says:

    🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏amen

    Sent from my iPhone

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  3. Beautiful, Maren. Thank you. xo

  4. Linda says:

    “don’t say be a patriot, it has too many meanings…” So true. I see American flags on the backs of pick-ups here (Colorado) and they seem so aggressive, so angry. As if the flag represents only one version of the country and it seems to be an angry exclusive one.

    • Maren says:

      That is true and really bizarre that a symbol can be so coopted. My daughter has moved to Colorado. Once traveling is restored perhaps I will have a chance to see you dance again.

  5. I’m with you, and I have children who were born after 9/11 and even still can’t picture what the world was like then…

  6. “Don’t say – pray. Some of us want to pray about the fires ravaging the west, the terrible losses
    of the coronavirus pandemic, and some want to assign God a personal agenda of the first two amendments, immigration, or masks.” Again you capture in words my sense of today, when yesterday’s memories are crowded by our painful today. Thanks.

    • Maren says:

      Thank you, Shirley, yes it was my literal feeling that I wanted today to write a prayer about the fires and felt conflicted about this commemoration … memory and present — I felt the same way remembering Hiroshima, August 6.

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