Lodinews.com

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
|
||
Logout|My Dashboard

September 11, 2001

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Friday, September 9, 2011 2:10 pm | Updated: 10:08 am, Sat Sep 10, 2011.

One nation—woven of a firm warp

and an infinitely varied weft

the threads of society creating

a cloak of warmth and beauty

which at once shelters and allows

freedom on movement, a garment to live in

until on a shattered morning of knives

of smoke and thunder

the fabric is torn    with a great and searing pain

The gathering of threads begins:

A man will not leave the side of a disabled friend,

A death for love nobler than a death for hate.

A chaplin falls while giving last rites to a fallen firefighter,

A death for love more godly than a death for hate. ...

Blood has been taken, but thousands live up to give.

Rivalries are set aside and hands joined agaist the rend.

A baby is born to a father who fell from the sky,

A gift of love that will continue a ruptured thread.

The cloak was woven on a loom built strong and true

of old growth timber and tempered steel.

The threads were spun of wondrous fiber from every shore

The humble and the exotic mingled their strength and beauty.

The cloak was woven with care, with sweat, with patience,

with passion, and with prayer.

The repair will not be invisible. For there can be no forgetting.

it will be done is red, white, and blue, silver-flecked with tears,

gold-flecked with faith and hope.

To some the splices will constitute a patch,

a scar which speaks of tearing;

others will see a badge for heroes.

We are gathering the threads.

The cloak will be whole again

and worn perhaps less casually,

knowing the sharpness of the brambles,

knowing of what the threads are spun

and the virtues in its weaving.

More about

More about

More about

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Use your real name. You must register with your full first and last name before you can comment. (And don't pretend you're someone else.)
  • 2 Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually oriented language.
  • 3 Don't threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
  • 4 Be truthful. Don't lie about anyone or anything. Don't post unsubstantiated allegations, rumors or gossip that could harm the reputation of a person, company or organization.
  • 5 Be nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 6 Stay on topic. Make sure your comments are about the story. Don't insult each other.
  • 7 Tell us if the discussion is getting out of hand. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 8 Share what you know, and ask about what you don't.

Welcome to the discussion.

Video

Popular Stories

Poll

Should graduations return to the Grape Bowl?

Lodi Unified leaders are moving Lodi and Tokay high school graduations from the Grape Bowl to the Spanos Center at UOP in Stockton. They cite limited seating, costs and unpredictable weather at the Grape Bowl. But others say graduations at the Grape Bowl are an important Lodi tradition, and one reason many supported renovating the stadium. What do you think?

Total Votes: 78

Loading…

Mailing List

Subscribe to a mailing list to have daily news sent directly to your inbox.

  • Breaking News

    Would you like to receive breaking news alerts? Sign up now!

  • News Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily news headlines? Sign up now!

  • Sports Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily sports headlines? Sign up now!

Manage Your Lists