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I Saw America Bleed Today

September 11, 2001

By Laura Spires O’Hara

I saw America bleed today

Not red, nor white nor blue,

But black, and brown, and ashen gray,

Covering streets, and buildings

And faces with tears streaming through.

I saw America lie down today

Her spirit mauled and crushed,

As rescue then recovery began

And the tone was reverent and hushed.

I saw America struggle today

With the hurt and the shock and the fear,

As people from every part of the land

Shed a large collective tear.

I saw America stand back up

Proudly and bravely and free.

And though my heart breaks for all we have lost,

I know the best is yet to be.

– submitted by Ann Inks