September 11, 2010


We need to stop.
Just stop.
Stop for a moment.
Before anybody
Says or does anything
That may hurt anyone else.
We need to be silent.
Just silent.
Silent for a moment.
Before we forever lose
The blessing of songs
That grow in our hearts.
We need to notice.
Just notice.
Notice for a moment.
Before the future slips away
Into ashes and dust of humility.
Stop, be silent, and notice.
In so many ways, we are the same.
Our differences are unique treasures.
We have, we are, a mosaic of gifts
To nurture, to offer, to accept.
We need to be.
Just be.
Be for a moment.
Kind and gentle, innocent and trusting,
Like children and lambs,
Never judging or vengeful
Like the judging and vengeful.
And now, let us pray,
Differently, yet together,
Before there is no earth, no life,
No chance for peace.

Mattie Stepanek, "Hope Through Heartsongs"
September 11, 2001


Nora Johnson said...

The images brought to mind by these words are so strong they bring tears to the eyes.

Nora x

Helena Halme said...

How beautiful and so lovely. See what I did there....sorry it has been a long day. xx

La Belette Rouge said...

The power of silence and contemplation and restraint are so much more powerful than mindless blathering and acting before thinking. Beautiful poem and the perfect post to honour this day.xo