Dr. Cheryl Sawyer is assistant professor of counseling at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.
She can be contacted at Sawyeredd@aol.com. We thank her for her gracious permission to reprint her poem.
The Benedictine Monks of
Highlights From the Fall/Winter 2001 Bulletin
By Cheryl Sawyer
MORE FROM THE FALL/WINTER 2001 BULLETIN
As the soot and dirt and ash rained down,
we became one color.
As we carried each other down the stairs
of the burning building,
we became one class.
As we lit candles of waiting and hope,
we became one generation.
As the firefighters and police officers
fought their way into the inferno
we became one gender.
As we fell to our knees
in prayer for strength,
we became one faith.
As we whispered or shouted words of encouragement,
we spoke one language.
As we gave our blood in lines a mile long,
we became one body.
As we mourned together the great loss
we became one family.
As we cried tears of grief and loss,
we became one soul.
As we retell with pride
of the sacrifice of the heroes
we become one people.
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