Remember When We Felt Safe?

Written a few weeks after September 11th

We took our freedom and security for granted,
Terrorism was something that always happened far away,
It couldn’t happen here, we would always say,
Remember when we felt safe?

On September 11, 2001 that all changed,
Planes crashed to the ground,
Great buildings crumbled,
Remember when we felt safe?

Thousands of innocent people died that day,
Firefighters and police became heroes,
They risked their lives to save others,
Remember when we felt safe?

The terror we had only seen on television had hit home,
But the people of the USA banded together,
They gave the gifts of blood, time and money,
Remember when we felt safe?

The President said that those responsible would pay,
The military prepared for the long fight before them,
They left for a foreign land so far away,
Remember when we felt safe?

Then a new terror arrived with the mail,
Envelopes tainted with Anthrax began to appear,
Soon Anthrax scares raced from New York to the West Coast,
Remember when we felt safe?

What happened to the world we knew before?
A world where people weren’t afraid to fly,
Where people weren’t scared to open their mail,
Remember when we felt safe?

I long to go back to that time,
That seems so long ago.
But I know that I will always be able to say,
I remember when we felt safe.

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