Life is Fragile

While remnants of Hurricane Irma bring a rainy and windy day to South Carolina. I think back to 2001. That year on this date my 92 year old grandfather had successful surgery to remove a sub dermal hematoma (blood cot) from his brain. While sitting in his hospital room my hubby & I watched in horror the attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, & potentially the White House.
I also thought about one of my oldest friendships and it being my sister-friend’s birthday. Her special day was forever changed. This happens when hideous things occur on any special day but September 11, 2001 was not a normal day.
Also on that day was my mom’s last day working at O’Hare airport. She left work and stopped at my grandmother’s to take a nap as usual. She awoke to a world changed. Her former co-workers wouldn’t return back to work for weeks and then it was a whole different world.
Life can change in an instant. It can be by the hands of humans or by natural disasters. Today I think of the number of hurricanes and earthquakes and think some of it is due to human’s arrogance. We all need to respect the planet because she is speaking loudly & boldly. May all who read this remember to hug & tell someone you love them today. Tomorrow is never promised.
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On September 11, 2001 the U.S. was devastated with terrorist attacks in New York City at the World Trade Center and Washington, DC at the Pentagon. There was also the downing of United Airlines flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It is suspected that the White House was the intended target of flight 93 hijackers. Those individuals who perished that day in the buildings hit as well as the airplane passengers, where living their lives as normal.

9/11 Sites CollageThe attacks on September 11th were orchestrated by leadership of al-Qaeda. Leaders against U.S. foreign policy. I am not by any means an expert on U.S. foreign policy but I do know that intolerance brings pain, confusion, and destruction. When we don’t seek to understand the intent of others whether a nation or individuals, chaos is ultimately created.

Within my household as a child I was raised Christian. Those beliefs are still what I follow. However, I believe ultimately that love which is a strong concept should be shown. Intolerance is in essence a degree of hate and hate can destroy if left unchecked.

Today as we seek to remember those who  perished due to the attacks on September 11, 2001, let’s be more tolerant. Specifically tolerant of those different then ourselves. It will never be easy to embrace those organizations and individuals responsible for such devastation on a clear Tuesday morning.  However, within our nation there are things that currently divide us. Seek out someone of different faith or belief and listen to their side. Then share yours and seek middle ground. Only with tolerance can we rise above our differences.


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Poetry: We Still Remember


Though tears are shed less frequently

hearts longing is not as painful

we still feel empathy for families

seeking to fill the void of loss;

lives changed long ago on a sunny day

work halted and freedoms shattered

with souls leaping from upper floors;

today we still remember, lighting candles,

reading names of victims who became part

of bent steel reidbar, broken glass bits, and rubble;

memories of dust rising over a metropolis

enveloping it in a blanket of fear, still haunts us.


We Still Remember


From The Editor – Issue 10 Volume 1


Sometimes we have to shed our own grief and take time to reflect.  Tragedy happens every day in some part of this vast planet we call Earth.  There are people murdered, children abused, elderly who must eat pet food.  There are women abused put into sex slave labor and battles being fought.  Quite simply life is tough and to get through it without any bad thing happening is very unlikely.

However, when tragedy does happen whether man made or via natural disasters we are always reminded that we are fragile as well as part of something bigger than ourselves.  Moreover, when disasters are caused by man we always want to know the reason for the act.  For many years it was known that there is much hate towards the western world as others call the United States but it was most evident when the events of September 11, 2001 (9/11) just before 9:00a.m on a clear day in New York city.

The events of 9/11 changed not only our country but the way the world functioned.  There was a whole new division of national security created called Homeland Security as well as a terrorist alert system.  Security at airports across the world changed and seeing your loved ones off on a commercial airplane was to be no more.

This issue includes remembrances from those who have contributed blogs or poems to PaisleyPerspective in the past.  Through poetry and snapshots remembrances of the day are shared with you.  Let us know what and how the events of ten years ago impacted you.


Remembering 9/11/01 – Judgement


Jihad they call it.

Justice is how we respond.

God and Allah know the difference;

and will judge the same.


Written by: Mallori Scott


Remembering 9/11/01 – Mind Blowing


Did you hear?

A plane just hit a building.


Where? NYC.


Umm, How’d that happen?


The plane was obviously flying way to low.



Hey. You guys here?

A plane just flew into a building!


Yea. We heard a few minutes ago.

NO! This just happened!

WHAT!? another plane hit a building?


Huh? I’m confused?

Me too?


Does anyone have a desk radio?


Ok Shush everyone!



Lord have mercy


A possible terrorist attack?!


Written by: Billye R Hardy

About The Author: I have been writing poetry, songwriting and short stories since the 1990′s.  I have been a member of ASCAP since 1999. I’ve enjoyed having some of my music and poems performed by local Chicago Artist. My goal is to begin writing music on a larger scale as well as completing a few writing projects. I desire to become a published author within the near future.

Currently working on a screenplay and collection of poems and short stories.


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