In Stonycreek the Flowers Blow—Honoring Those Lost on 9-11

Image via Flikr Creative CommonsJ. Todd Poling

Image via Flikr Creative CommonsJ. Todd Poling

Today is always a hard day for me, as I’m sure it is for many others who suffered far worse. Every year, I have nightmares, can’t sleep and spend most of every September 11th crying if I stop long enough to think. At first, I wasn’t going to blog, but then I thought back to one of my favorite poems, In Flander’s Fields. Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae wrote the poem after presiding over the funeral of a friend lost in WWI in The Second Battle of Ypres.

I loved the poem so much, I committed it to memory. I was eight years old.

This morning, I couldn’t get the verses out of my head, thus please forgive me. I took some creative liberty with the original poem in hopes of honoring those lost on 9-11. I’m no poet, but maybe this can be a little bit of beauty to help us always remember those so senselessly taken.

In Stonycreek, the flowers blow

as airplanes taxi row on row.

They mark our place; and in the sky

The birds, still singing, bravely fly

Scarce heard amidst the tears below.

We are the Dead; twelve years ago

We loved, and laughed and didn’t know

Evil could rain from up above

And tear us from the ones we loved.

Two towers lost; the Pentagon.

A burning field.

Remember us; let children grow

To honor those who fought the foe.

The light be yours to keep it bright

Remember those who chose to fight

If you forget, we shall not rest

Though flowers blow…

In Stonycreek.

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  1. #1 by Catherine Johnson on September 11, 2013 - 10:48 am

    That’s beautiful, Kristen! It is every bit a poem and some.

  2. #2 by darcyflynn on September 11, 2013 - 10:52 am

    I feel the same way. I’ve cried on and off all morning. Thanks for posting the poem.

  3. #3 by jhozvicka on September 11, 2013 - 11:01 am

    In times like we feel the pain of what happen that day. But we all need to release that pain. Keep the memories of your lost one, but release the pain and continue your journey in life.

  4. #4 by Symanntha Renn on September 11, 2013 - 11:01 am

    I think you’ve did a good job with this poem. :)

  5. #5 by IdealisticRebel on September 11, 2013 - 11:02 am

    a homage to the lives, bravery and courage.

  6. #6 by IdealisticRebel on September 11, 2013 - 11:02 am

    Reblogged this on idealisticrebel and commented:
    We will never forget.

  7. #7 by Melissa Lewicki on September 11, 2013 - 11:03 am

    Thank you.

  8. #8 by Jessi Gage on September 11, 2013 - 11:23 am

    <3

  9. #9 by Jessi Gage on September 11, 2013 - 11:24 am

    Reblogged this on Jessi Gage…A Time to Love and commented:
    A heartfelt thank you to Kristen Lamb for a thoughtful reworking of a beautiful poem in remembrance of those lost 12 years ago.

  10. #10 by Shannon on September 11, 2013 - 11:39 am

    Reblogged this on Live, Love, Laugh, Dance, Pray and commented:
    Remember those lost for our freedom today. #NeverForget

  11. #11 by jtailele on September 11, 2013 - 11:39 am

    That is beautiful. I also struggle to keep my composure today. I don’t think I will ever really recover, but I try to tell myself that my fears give the terrorists victory so I must learn move beyond that. Twelve years and I am still struggling with it. God Bless America.

  12. #12 by LucyPireel on September 11, 2013 - 12:02 pm

    Great post Kristen, thanks for posting it and your poem is very emotive.
    I have the honour to host Alan Jankowski and his poem for the heroes of 9/11 on my blog today and I must say I’ve let a tear, more than one even, today too.

  13. #13 by Lelia Rose Foreman (@LeliaForeman) on September 11, 2013 - 12:04 pm

    Thank you.

  14. #14 by dianaflegal on September 11, 2013 - 12:19 pm

    A lovely tribute Kristen. Thank you.

  15. #15 by patty hawthorne on September 11, 2013 - 12:34 pm

    Beautiful. Thank you.

  16. #16 by Andrea on September 11, 2013 - 12:46 pm

    VERY NICE
    GREETING(s(from ANDREA
    BEAUTIFUL DAY

  17. #17 by Jueseppi B. on September 11, 2013 - 12:50 pm

    Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat™.

  18. #18 by Dennis Langley on September 11, 2013 - 12:52 pm

    Beautiful. Well done.

  19. #19 by helenrj on September 11, 2013 - 12:54 pm

    This was day like no other…the memories surge to the surface with just the mention of 9/11.. God bless America!

  20. #20 by Jason Ministries on September 11, 2013 - 1:25 pm

    Nice. Thank you for posting this.

  21. #21 by suzanawylie on September 11, 2013 - 1:36 pm

    Three posts of mine – Paper Poppies (also uses “In Flanders Fields”) http://suzanawylie.wordpress.com/2013/09/05/paper-poppies-for-ewr/

    We Gazed Upon Their Bones (2 poems for 9-11) http://suzanawylie.wordpress.com/2013/09/11/9-11/

    Sharisa http://suzanawylie.wordpress.com/2013/09/11/sharisa/

  22. #22 by Janice C. Johnson on September 11, 2013 - 2:22 pm

    Wow. Beautiful.

  23. #23 by Mary L. Laudien on September 11, 2013 - 2:56 pm

    Thanks for this gift on such a difficult day!

  24. #24 by Kali Anthony on September 11, 2013 - 3:00 pm

    Beautiful.

  25. #25 by Let's CUT the Crap! on September 11, 2013 - 4:22 pm

    Absolutely exquisite.

  26. #26 by Piper Bayard on September 11, 2013 - 4:52 pm

    A moment of silence.

  27. #27 by Stella Myers on September 11, 2013 - 5:44 pm

    Kristen, this is beautiful. Thank for wonderful words.

  28. #28 by cynthiagrstacey on September 11, 2013 - 5:46 pm

    Reblogged this on Cynthia Stacey and commented:
    Great poem by Kristen Lamb to remember our american friends who lost their lives on 9/11.

  29. #29 by Tima Maria Lacoba on September 11, 2013 - 5:51 pm

    Lovely, Kristen. We Aussies shared your horror. Our Prime Minister was visiting with the President on 9/11, and if one of those plane’s had succeeded in crashing into the Pentagon, we would have lost two world leaders that day. Thank God it never happened.

  30. #30 by Tamara LeBlanc on September 11, 2013 - 6:12 pm

    Absolutely beautiful <3
    Thanks so much, Kristen.

  31. #31 by Jess Molly (aka jmolly) on September 11, 2013 - 7:06 pm

    Thanks for appreciating John McCrae, one of our great Canadians. My heart goes out to you on the anniversary of 9/11. I don’t think any of us will ever forget where we were at 9:06AM. Even here in Ontario, we had friends and family working in Manhattan who were almost at Ground Zero. Very scary time. And it’s changed the world forever. Let’s all do our part to make the future brighter.

  32. #32 by Shea Ford on September 11, 2013 - 7:13 pm

    Thank you Kristen. :) Lovely tribute for those who should not have died.

  33. #33 by donna l martin on September 11, 2013 - 10:53 pm

    Only one word is necessary…BEAUTIFUL!!

    Donna L Martin

  34. #34 by Ariana Wells on September 12, 2013 - 10:21 am

    Beautiful. Thank you.

  35. #35 by Kathryn Chastain Treat on September 12, 2013 - 10:27 am

    Kristen – this is beautiful. What a lovely poem and thank you for sharing and tweaking it a little. I think we will all remember what we were doing at the exact moment we heard the news. It is burned into our memories and into our hearts forever.

  36. #36 by Ron Jefferson on September 12, 2013 - 1:07 pm

    Thank you! To me these two little words have extraordinary meaning in this instance.

  37. #37 by Nin Ashmore on September 12, 2013 - 4:48 pm

    Thank you for this post and for remembering!

  38. #38 by jodenton445 on September 12, 2013 - 8:06 pm

    Lovely. We will never forget. God bless.

  39. #39 by Patricia Woods on September 13, 2013 - 3:54 pm

    Thank you for the lovely blog. God bless you.

  40. #40 by ayearfromnowchampagne on September 15, 2013 - 4:13 am

    This is nice. I was in 6th grade at the time. Sometimes the fact that I didn’t understand what was going on at the time makes me feel so disconnected today.

  41. #41 by Raani York on September 17, 2013 - 5:45 pm

    This is a very special blog post Kristen – thanks for sharing it!

  42. #42 by lynnkelleyauthor on September 20, 2013 - 7:16 pm

    Beautiful, Kristen.

  43. #43 by mrs p kings on September 25, 2013 - 10:39 am

    lovely words

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