Thursday, September 11, 2008

I Believe in America - Remember 9/11

I Believe in America

I believe in firefighters that climb 50 flights
of stairs to help people they never met.
I believe in people who give their lives crashing an
airplane to save the lives of people they never met.
I believe in people who give blood, money, and
supplies to aide people they've never met.

I believe in America.

I believe in a country that stands strong and
proud, even in the face of grief and tragedy.
I believe in a country that not only
allows, but encourages and values diversity.
I believe in a country that does not think that
human suffering is "someone else's problem".

I believe in America.

I believe in a country that values freedom so
highly that rather than inhibit an individuals
rights, tragic events can sometimes occur.
I believe in a country that does not allow innocent
people to suffer at the hands of a madman.
I believe in a country that is willing to risk it's own
lives and safety to protect and aide innocent people.

I believe in America.

I believe in a country that does not lash out
quickly or rashly in revenge and retaliation.
I believe in a country that will defend
itself with appropriate means.
I believe in a country whose people will rise
to any challenge, and will stand up and fight
boldly and proudly against it's aggressors.

I believe in America.

by Gregory S. Taylor (c) 2001

This poem was written by my husband from his heart after the attack on 9/11/01. I share it with you today.

8 comments:

feistysideoffifty said...

Thank you, Vicki, for sharing this beautiful tribute to our country and to our nation's spirit. Your husband is a gifted writer and this poem really hit me in my heart.

Vicki M. Taylor said...

Thank you Feisty, My husband wrote from his heart that day and I'm very proud of him and his words. Thank you for letting me know they moved you as well.

Pam Archer said...

There is depth and strength in this poem. The love of country, respect for human life, and reverence for those who died on that terrible day in U.S. history, are reflected in your husband's words. Thank you for sharing and for remembering 911.

Vicki M. Taylor said...

Pam, you're so welcome.

PopArtDiva said...

Eloquently written and much needed at a time when many question the value of our commitment to the rest of the world.

Probably one of the best definitions of what an American is and what America stands for that I've ever read - or heard (because I heard you recite this on Sally's show on this last Thursday, the 7th Anniversary of 9/11)

Vicki M. Taylor said...

Thank you, PopArt. I truly believe so as well. I felt so honored to recite Greg's poem.

Betty Lynch said...

Thank you for sharing your post! I remember the day as if it were yesterday.

Vicki M. Taylor said...

Betty, I do too.. I'll never forget.