Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal

The Names Go On...
September 11, 2002

Joyce A. O. Lee


        Let it be written on stone in blood that these lives were not lost in vain. As the solemn pall of names continues to be read, let it be known, we Americans are not seekers of war and death. We are proud protectors of the Innocents. The Innocents of any land. And the names go on...

        Don't attack us with your sticks and stones and bombs, your illogical reasoning that God is with you. God was brought to tears. What is this man, given in moments of ecstacy, that he will casually render such inhumane acts upon his brothers in the name of faith. And the names go on...

        What other evils do you contemplate? How can we prepare and protect one another from such hidden hate. You smile and bow and enjoy our friendship and the favors of our generosity, our willingness to aid and embrace the world and all the while planning our downfall and demise. And the names go on...

        Don't smile and celebrate too soon. From the pain and grief of loss, from out of the ashes, we will arise, wiser and stronger, much more determined that you and your kind will not prevail. And the names go on...

        For we are a land of heroes and protectors of the Innocents. And your terrible deed may have crushed our buildings. But you have loosened a sleeping giant, and from the ruin, the Spirit of America has erupted. Never again will we be taken unaware. On that day, the true face of America was painted on the canvas of history, and the image of the U.S.A. is in its Heroes. And the names go on...

[On September 11, 2002, on the lawn of the Baptist Children's Home in Brentwood, Tennessee,
3,058 crosses were erected, one for each of the victims of Nine Eleven. Red crosses were for firefighters,
blue for policemen, gold for children, and the rest white. Lest we forget. - Editor]

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JOYCE A. O. LEE is originally from Kansas City, Missouri. She has lived in Tennessee with her family since 1973. She is a full time writer of fiction and poetry, and has just published her first novel, The Length of a Love Song.

© Joyce A. O. Lee

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