September 11 and Isaiah 61

The city hemorrhaged

From jet planes shot like bullets

Into buildings;

We are anointed

to give good news to the poor. 
to bind up the brokenhearted, 

Men and women bled out of the debris,

Carrying coworkers,

Toward bridges

And loved ones,

While firefighters and policemen

Rushed into the wrecked body.

We are to proclaim freedom for the captives 
 And release from darkness for the prisoners

It was ninety-nine days,

And the fires still burned;

He will bestow on them a crown of beauty                                                                         instead of ashes,                                                                                                                              the oil of joy                                                                                                                             instead of mourning, 

Eight million bodies applied pressure

To stop the bleeding.

It took thousands of volunteers

But they sewed Manhattan back up.

They will rebuild the ancient ruins 

and restore the places long devastated; 

A decade later,

The city moves at breakneck speeds,

And the newscasters voices don’t shake;

But there are still families missing members,

The skyline missing silhouette.

The Lord will comfort all who mourn, 
 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—                                                                            We are called to be his hands and feet. 

When the sun rises through

Where the buildings once were,

It shines on a city that lives.


About amyleighcutler

Writer, dancer, vagabond extraordinaire
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3 Responses to September 11 and Isaiah 61

  1. Paul says:

    A day that we as New Yorkers, Americans and the world will never forget. The memory a little hazy now at times, yet the dedication of Americans to move forward and continue to promote freedom. Still as strong. We truly do live in a great country.

  2. Zachary says:

    Perhaps the most beautiful poem I’ve ever seen from you. Amen.

  3. Christine says:

    so good

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