On 9/11 Anniversary, World Trade Center Survivor Shares Poem

Sharon resident David Rubinowitz wrote 'Reflections' days after the terrorist attacks.

Exactly 10 years ago today, Sharon resident David Rubinowitz was working at Morgan Stanley, on the 74th floor of World Trade Center Tower 2.

"I was at my desk when the Tower 1 was hit and made it down to the lobby level of Tower 2 when my building was impacted that Tuesday morning," says Rubinowitz, who moved to Sharon three years ago.

"I wrote the poem below later that week and after 10 years I would like to share it."


Mountains sway gently beneath blue skies.
Reflections of America.  Icons of the World.

Roars of thunder crash among the valleys.
Time stops.

Like monarch butterflies with starched wings they fall through the heavens.

Innocent consumed.
Helpless, Desperate, Fighting for air.
Thoughts of those we love and loved.

Fire, Fuel, Insanity engulfs us.

Images burn deeply into our souls.
Shattered like mirrors, minds, bodies.

Hills of Pain, Suffering, Death.

For those we remember and never met.
For those that suffered,
For those consumed,
For those that fight to live.

Forced forward. Forced to focus.
While our reflections bend and twist.

Searching, Waiting, Hoping.
We look to the peaks
To find something greater than ourselves.
We find each other.

Rick Ripley September 11, 2011 at 12:37 PM
Nice reflection Dave. Thanks for sharing your thoughtful words with us on this Sunday morning in September.
Shaun September 12, 2011 at 01:48 PM
Thanks Dave for sharing this. Such a powerfully charged event, the changes, the introspection. So many visions, memories, thoughts and emotions are evoked. Again thanks Dave.
Marcos U. Ramos September 19, 2011 at 01:09 AM
What is happening with Rick Ripley's articles?
Michael Gelbwasser (Editor) September 19, 2011 at 02:30 AM
Marcos, Rick merely is moving to Fridays, starting this week. I think more readers will see him there than they are on Saturdays.
David Rubinowitz September 19, 2011 at 06:23 PM
Thanks to everyone for your kind words through all avenues. Especially those on Facebook. It's been a challenging time for many and I'd like to encourage those planning a visit to NYC to see the following link: http://www.911memorial.org/visit Peace to All - David
David Rubinowitz October 15, 2011 at 10:51 PM
I would also like to suggest the following article for those interested in the photographer who took this photograph. http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/upshot/photographer-shares-unusual-view-twin-towers-9-11-223937921.html If you are interested in purchasing a signed copy of it from her here's how: go to - www.saykatieday.com, and click on the "Land, Sea, Sky" series, you will see it there. Below the image are links for prices and purchasing. Peace to All - David


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