They say that they remember,
they say we won’t forget,
but honestly, is it enough
to repeat these same preset
images and memories
that we already know
are expected of us this new fall day?
Do they actually show
how we’ve reacted over the years?
They reflect the past, for sure,
but do they give an honest picture
of how we have endured?
Have we endured? Or fallen short,
held back by dwelling anger?
Are we revering what has passed,
or is the typical answer
laziness and forming habits,
empty of emotional cause.
These moments of collective silence
resound, the dedicated pause
of forgetfulness and bred-in custom.
Some spare few still feel the sting,
but as a people, as a country,
it’s just another nagging
thing to force out our joined tears
without really understanding why
the sorrow is truly shed;
to gently kiss peace goodbye.
We no longer comprehend the weight
the rubble put on our shoulders.
We’ve become weary, yet hold tradition
in place of what our older
generations held close so nobly
and understood all too well;
you can honor the tragedy of the past
but you do not have to dwell
on those events years after year,
lest you lose the real meaning
of the blood that was shed so your tears could flow,
what means to keep on living.
Charge on, my undeserving fellows,
keeping standing day by day,
you need not continue to pray or cry,
your breath is enough to allay
the souls of all the fallen and the loved.
Your actions are what really matter,
how we work side by side,
the way we play together.
We cannot stand still ’til the end of time,
we shouldn’t keep pointing fingers.
What can we do to remember always?
Keep calm and just move forward.
I might get flack for this one, but I don’t care. I’m sick of the empty “We Remember” stuff every 9/11. Tomorrow people will keep going without a second thought, they will forget to keep putting up their US flag, they will continue to have bitch fits about Bush getting us involved in the Middle East, and the ‘remembrance’ will have moved on. It’s depressing and it’s getting old after 12 years. We can remember that day every day of the year, and we shouldn’t have to be told and bombarded about the ‘fateful events’ of 9/11/2001 in order to get in the right mindset for the day. There are those who were directly effected and they truly remember, they truly weep, and to them I have nothing but respect. As a country, however, we HAVE forgotten, and we need to recognize it and find a better, more appropriate mindset as a people.