I remember exactly where I was on 9/11/01. I remember that I was a senior in college at Savannah State University starting my last semester. I remember that I was in NROTC preparing to take the Oath of Office as an Ensign in the US Navy that December.
I remember that my clock radio woke me up some time after the first tower was struck. I remember the DJ saying a plane had hit the World Trade Center in New York and thinking why the huge deal over a small plane collision with a big building. I remember that the possibility of an airliner crashing into such a huge building, or that a major terrorist attach on US soil never entered the realm of possibilities as I hit snooze. I remember that when I finally did crawl out of bed the shock and horror I felt when I finally realized what had happened. I remember the anger, fear, and uncertainty that followed for the rest of the day.
I remember how everything changed after that day. I remember the explosion of patriotism that swept the nation. I remember that you couldn’t find a US flag in the store; as they were all sold out. I remember our nation preparing and going to war in Afghanistan while I was in my naval training. I remember watching the news of it between classes and being frustrated that I was stuck in a brick building in Groton, CT, and not out on my ship taking the war to the enemy. I remember about 5 years later that I would go to Afghanistan, and finally “do my part.”
When I see the indifference that the ‘people’ of this nation now have towards the conflict or the event 11 years ago, I remember the lives lost on that horrific day, and those lost since and still being lost.
At the end
There is silence
Silence in place of all that was
What does the silence say?
It echoes the voice of the past
Forever lost to Earth
Forever singing in Eternity
Ok, so I’m not a poet, at least not when I’m trying to put thoughts down at a quarter to eleven at night 🙂 The inspiration for today was the photo challenge hosed by Shannon and Nick. When I read the list provided for this photo scavenger hunt and saw silence, my first thought was of death and the earthly resting place of our bodies, and how it contrasts with the eternal resting place for our souls. As a Christian, I believe in both Heaven and Hell; and in neither of those places will one’s soul be quiet.
30 mm, 30 sec, f/4.5, ISO 100 (Silence)
This photo has some good color in the sky, but I felt that it distracted from the image and the story it’s supposed to tell. For me this shows that while our bodies may be buried under the Earth, out souls exist in the Heavens 🙂
Here is the list I’m shooting from for the photo scavenger hunt. I’m supposed to “find” 15 of these, 10 down, 5 to go!