Poem Remembering 9/11 (The Prayer of the Sunflowers)
The Prayer of the Sunflowers
Of a sunflower field, so I slowed, then stopped and noticed quite by chance
That in the Autumn of the flower bed, each flower had bowed their heavy head.
I sought to ask the flowers why they grieved and they began to cry.
'We bask this morning in the sun, our leafy branch in praise,
But then beheld that Nine-One-One was the darkest of all days,
And thus we bowed our heads to weep for the living and the dead.
Our stance of praise we failed to keep amidst our flower bed.'
'Until this day we used to pray for the sunshine and the rain,
For the soil sweet and seeds to share with creatures of the plains,
But now it seems ashamed to rise and face the morning sun,
For an enemy has breached our skies, our nation is undone!'
'Oh no', said I, 'you've lost your trust in the Lord that you once praised!
You thanked Him for the rain and dust, now thank Him for this day!'
'We'll thank Him not', the flowers said, 'No, we'll not praise Him now.'
Enraged they shook their shaggy head then furrowed their petaled brow.
I said, ' dear friends please tell me why, for flowers surely know,
Unless a seed that falls should die, the seedling cannot grow,'
Our Father has a wondrous plan, which uses friend and foe,
Although we may not understand, it' all in His control.'
'A plan that scoundrels cannot foil, no matter how they scheme.
He mulches them into fertile soil to nourish His redeemed!'
'So Lift your heads and praise His name for what He's going to do.
To turn this tragedy to gain and see His chosen through.'
'I'm sorry Lord,' the flowers cried, 'We ask You please forgive,
We thank you for Your Seed who died that all might choose to live,
And lead us now from day to day, may we ever faithful be,
To trust You Lord and come what may, we'll lift our praise to Thee.'
In God's honor even on Sept 11, 2001
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