This comes with our heartfelt sympathy
to our friends in the United States who have just had the most terrible disaster befall them.
This is simply to let you know that you are in our thoughts and in our prayers.
No words can describe the enormity of it all, and therefore
suffice it to simply reiterate the common bond we all share in this world,
in the words of the poet, John Dunne
No man is an island, entire of itself;
every man is a piece of the continent,
a part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less,
as well as if a promontory were,
as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were.
Any man's death diminishes me
because I am involved in mankind;
and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
it tolls for thee. . . .
from Meditation 17
by John Donne, 1624
Several anniversaries of September 11th have passed,
but these sentiments reflect an on-going truth -
that we are all connected and share the same feelings of sorrow, heartache and fear - and in contrast - happiness and love.
On the occasion of the first anniversary of 9/11 we were asked to contribute something towards a page
honouring this event...
the following poem was our contribution .... we hope that you find some meaning in it too.
Since time immemorial because of free will
Man has been able to do what he will,
Causing death and destruction, famine and need
All because of his so called greed.
And so on that dark day, come September eleven,
We were reminded again of this devastation
Reliving our nightmares from previous times,
And wondering if we would ever see happier times.
But out of all this came a glorious bird
Its name the Phoenix, I suppose you've heard,
Bringing hope, rejuvenation and so much love
Springing forth from man's soul and given from above.