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Quiet Power
by Nancy L. Meek ©12-29-01

Among the bustling Manhatten streets
a crane stands, silhouetted against the sky,
hovering hauntingly above the somber scene
its quiet power, like soot...still stinging the eye

New Yorkers will never be the same again
despite grandiose and pretentious displays,
for police officers, iron workers and firemen
not movie stars, are the celebrities these days

Photo by Andrea Booher/FEMA News Photo

Fresh bouquets of flowers grace the fence,
placed there by persistent, caring hands
offering their heartfelt token of rememberance
its quiet power only the grieving understands

Along the busy street, a memorial to fallen heroes
still brings a tear to even the strongest of men
putting on stoic faces, they turn from the photos
its quiet power, like grapnels...still holding them

Photo by Michael Rieger/ FEMA News Photo

Among four-star restaurants and fashion shows,
a new era comes...of things real, versus the fake,
cool fashions discarded in favor of old clothes,
resurrecting what matters in the terrorists' wake

A new epicenter has replaced the old
as eyes turn toward that gash in the sky,
tearing hearts once upon a time grown cold
who know now, some things money can't buy

The fires in the pit seem to have stopped burning;
appearing, each day, less-ravaged than before
when the world for many stopped turning
when priorities became not so important anymore

Suspended in baskets overlooking the site,
somber workers gaze down from the sky
reciting prayers for those lost to the fight,
the need to cry mingling with a loving goodbye

Among the workers digging in the heart of it,
new bodies emerge, draped in red, white and blue,
escorted away...finally free of the towering pit,
their quiet power, like dust...still clinging to you.

U.S. Army photo by SSG John Valceanu 214th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment U.S. Army Reserve Fort Belvoir, VA

While the search continues for one, osama bin laden,
his image yet looms, from every angle and view
reminding us of a horror never to be forgotten
its quiet power, like missing faces...still haunting you.

President Bush surveys the damage from 'Air Force One'

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