Title: I was a child

Written: September 10, 2007


I was just a child that day,

a little girl in school.

I didn't know what happened then,

but now I do.

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It seemed the whole world was burning,

that the sky was scarred and bloody,

that the wounds would never heal.

I couldn't understand such hatred then,

and even now, as a woman grown, I can't quite comprehend.

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I've lived through hurricanes and desert wars,

but I'm mostly a child of peace.

I don't see why we can't all get along

and let each other be.

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I was just a child that day,

but even then I did not grow.

The pain seemed so far away,

but the fear—it clung close.

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I've been there since,

seen where those buildings stood.

I couldn't think of a thing to say

and tears welled in my throat.

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And our pain, it grew.

And our hearts, they wept.

But we rose from the ashes,

and here we stand.

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I was just a child that day,

A little girl in school.

I didn't know what happened then.

But now I do.

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It seemed the whole world was burning,

But now the smoke has cleared.

I am not a little girl anymore,

No longer lost for words.

I have stood where those towers fell.