Monday, April 19, 2010

The Churches Stood

Oklahoma City National Memorial 3-19-10 (photo by Gusto!)

The churches stood in golden sunlight

on an ordinary day

and felt the force of anger

tear all those lives away

the steeples pierced the sky

to show the souls the way

to enter heaven's glory

while others had to stay

and weep 1000 tears

while others watched and prayed

for all the families hurt

by the violence of that day

A nation stood united

against that kind of hate

a memorial was built

to commemorate that date

when love was stronger than

the force of such despair

when people came together

to mark what happened there.

~kathie adams brown (6-27-04)

The chairs of the Oklahoma City National Memorial 3-19-10 by Gusto!
(Each chair represents a person who was killed in the bombing.)


  1. Gripping, Kathie. Your poem is a beautiful memorial.

  2. Sandy, thank you. I wrote it after our visit there in 2004.

  3. Heart-twisting, beautiful poem. The photos and words are perfect companions walking in this place.

  4. Amazing poem, and your vocab... is fab :)
    marinela x x

    Short Poems

  5. Thank you Quiet Paths. I'm glad it made you feel this way.

    Marinela, thanks for your visit to my blog. Glad you liked the poem.

  6. A lovely!

    Thank you for visiting my blog just now--yes, I know that song--I even have the guitar cords.

    I will be praying for your boy. God bless you.

  7. Beth, thank you! You have lovely and whimsical artwork!

  8. Thank you! I'm honored. ((hugs))

  9. Surprenant ce memorial , il est tres marquant


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