In the perfect stillness, in the quiet,
over the waste, beyond the silence
you move. Movement is everywhere:
through the smoke, through the noise,
past the barriers and into the chaos,
to this very day.
There is no God but Allah,
but this day brooks no negation:
He is God!
And with the blades of perfidy
lodged in the backs of His Mountains,
His Prophet weeps down upon you
and holds His arms out wide.
You, you innocents,
you are in your perfection perfect
and will remain that way forever,
of this there is no doubt—
even after we have long forgot you.
The terrorist strikes of 9/11/2001 were a heinous act of betrayal of the true, peace-loving nature of Islam by a band of despicable, evil people. For its sense of hypocrisy in twisting religious beliefs to validate evil actions, it ranks equal to the pulpit driven justifications of slavery in the Antebellum South and the Thirty Years War perpetrated by the religious fanatics of Europe. There is no way that 9/11 should be ascribed to religious tenets: it can only be ascribed to an ego driven lust of power and terror.
As the years slip by, the truth is we forget the victims more completely. Yes we invoke their memories on each anniversary, but as a single identity: the victims of that day’s terrible acts, the reason and the justification of everything that came thereafter. But we do not remember them, the individuals, the people, those ones who, each and every one, had lives and loves and hopes and fears and deserve to be remembered as individuals, not as any government’s or generation’s justification.
That is what To this very day is about and I thank you for reading it. I sincerely hope you have enjoyed it and I humbly appreciate your visiting the Book of Pain. As always, I look forward to your comments.
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