Written in the wake of 9/11
As mayhem reigned and grief unfurled,
A cry rang out around the world;
We watched the devastation rise,
We heard the pleas, the fear, the cries.
Atrocities of lurid height,
Devoured all, through tortured fright;
No border could contain the dread,
That flowed beyond the blood that shed.
We saw the pain too close at hand,
That reached across a nation's land;
No lines were drawn through tears we shed ...
Reality had reared its head.
We saw reflections of our own,
Through every face of missing shown;
A friend, a neighbor, loved one flashed,
Amongst the news of aftermath.
For though surreal, we realized,
ALL borders have been compromised;
It's at our door, it's at our feet …
This terror that we rise to meet.
America is not alone …
Her borders stretch beyond her home;
Across the sea, across the land …
United in her cause, we stand.