Alan Jackson wrote this song after 9-11 reflecting on that terrible day when so many innocent people died in the collapse of the Twin Towers. Today at d’verse, we were supposed to take a poem we wrote about 9-11 from our past writings about the event and lift some lines or words that could be used as a prompt for a poem today. Since I never wrote any poems about 9-11, I am barrowing Allen Jackson’s song “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning”.
When the news broke that a plane hit the tower
I was on a ladder working on a chimney that September day
A phone call informed me and my world stopped turning
I felt compelled to go home and watch the news
Soon after I sat down to watch. the second plane hit
Stunned // I watched as people ran for their lives
While first responders rushed into the inferno to help
My world literally stopped turning again as I watched
The first tower // then the second tower collapse and fall
White powder from pulverized concrete billowed everywhere
How could anyone do such horrific acts against fellow human beings?
When heroic acts brought down the third plane in Pennsylvania
The world stopped turning for many people whose loved ones
Lost their lives in the misguided attacks
I wondered how anyone could forgive such actions
Then I reflected on the horrific crucifixion of Jesus
As he cried out in his agony // Father forgive them
For they know not what they do.
Faith, Hope, and Love
Are the good things he gave us
But the greatest is Love!
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