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Share your recollections of Sept. 11, 2001

Original post made by Editor , Menlo Park: University Heights, on Aug 31, 2011

If you wish to share your memories of Sept. 11, 2001, with Almanac readers online, please do so by commenting below.

This may include your story from that day -- your recollections in hearing the news, of waiting for word from a loved one, of talking about the disaster with your family, friends and colleagues, or of attending a vigil or other gathering.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Aug 31, 2011 at 12:06 pm

My recollection is that this catastrophe, as terrible as it was, represented to me at the time as the chickens coming home to roost after a century of U.S. imperialism. There was no better example than the reaction by the Bush/Cheney administration in refusing to acknowledge any origins of this animus coming from our foreign policies.

I remember also sensing that administration was wrong in calling it an act of war. It struck me a crime perpetrated by a gang, a heinous and heartless and unprecedented (on our shores) act of mass destruction, but a crime nevertheless. It should have been dealt with by special forces, as it eventually was.

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Posted by Margaret Fruth
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Sep 6, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Gap Teeth

The harbor gapes in unnatural haze, its two front teeth knocked out--

it cannot chew the ash that shades a mourning moonscape.

Triggered by lack of light, eclipsed streetlights so faint

we cannot see spirits who haunt the zero ground--

where terrorists jettisoned their souls.

We put our hardheads into hardhats--

searching for shadows lost and found--

smudged eyes damp not only from acrid soot.

Missing firefighters and cops still search--

their winking headlights in the rubble--

they will seek the peace forever.

We seek the light--

to understand the sight that's jumbled through the smoke--

Love leavened justice will hug hate till it ooze away.

The blood shall mulch the soil--

out of mass murder, peaceful accord--

the peace will heal us, every living thing.

The peace You bring will grow again.

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