Thursday, September 11

I don't know that I have ever heard anyone express the emotions of September 11th better than Alan Jackson did with the following:

Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day
Out in the yard with your wife and children
Working on some stage in LA
Did you stand there in shock at the site of
That black smoke rising against that blue sky
Did you shout out in anger
In fear for your neighbor
Or did you just sit down and cry
Did you weep for the children
Who lost their dear loved ones
And pray for the ones who don't know
Did you rejoice for the people who walked from the rubble
And sob for the ones left below
Did you burst out in pride
For the red white and blue
The heroes who died just doing what they do
Did you look up to heaven for some kind of answer
And look at yourself to what really matters


Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day
Teaching a class full of innocent children
Driving down some cold interstate
Did you feel guilty cause you're a survivor
In a crowded room did you feel alone
Did you call up your mother and tell her you love her
Did you dust off that bible at home
Did you open your eyes and hope it never happened
Close your eyes and not go to sleep
Did you notice the sunset the first time in ages
Speak with some stranger on the street
Did you lay down at night and think of tomorrow
Go out and buy you a gun
Did you turn off that violent old movie you're watching
And turn on "I Love Lucy" reruns
Did you go to a church and hold hands with some stranger
Stand in line and give your own blood
Did you just stay home and cling tight to your family
Thank God you had somebody to love

I was sitting at home with an infant. John was at work teaching a class full of teenagers. They instructed them to not turn on the televisions. A friend of mine called mid-morning. She worked in downtown Atlanta in a high-rise building, and they closed the buildings and sent them home. She told me the interstate signs were flashing "National Emergency--Please go home." Yes some time has passed, but I do not think I will ever forget.

1 comment:

Melanie said...

Yep. In my college dorm room and got a phone call from my friend to turn on the TV. I had been taking a British History test when it happened. Wierd day always. I guess every generation has theirs.