but the t.v. showed the footage over and over,
as if maybe the next time it would be different.
but I just couldn't believe it -
things like that just didn't happen here, right?
but no answers came.
No answers will ever be enough
for the cruel way our security blanket
was ripped from our clutched hands
like children forced to see the world
with adult eyes and broken hearts.
when the world changed,
when a tattered flag was raised
over the rubble of our hearts
and the fallen?
like it was just a moment ago
and the thought of it
fills my heart and my eyes
until all I can do is cry.
and hold it tightly in my own
because no matter what happened then
or what happens now,
I am proud to stand by you,
free and brave in this country I love