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Haiku: In Remembrance…

“The living owe it to those who no longer can speak to tell their story for them.” Czesław Miłosz

Haiku: In Remembrance... World Trade Center Buildings,  NY

Haiku: In Remembrance… World Trade Center Buildings, NY

On a clear fall day
Steel birds falling from our skies
The World Trade Center

Two hijacked planes crashed
A third smashed  The Pentagon
A fourth in a field

As we honor the memory of those who lost  their lives on this day, I can’t help but look to Milosz’s quote above. We remember the events and share the stories so others won’t forget; we speak up so all of us will remember to say a prayer and lift up the spirits of the 2,996 people killed in terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. How did we cope?

As part of the Healing theme for September, BlogHer suggested we read Elizabeth Kübler-Ross’s model of the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Many of us experienced some or all of these stages after 9/11 and, eventually, found a way to make peace with it. Peace = Acceptance. It was, probably, the  hardest stage to embrace. Where were you on that fateful day? What do you remember? How did you cope?

“Of joys departed, not to return, how painful the remembrance.” Robert Blair

Haiku: In Remembrance - Aerial view of The Pentagon

Haiku: In Remembrance – Aerial view of The Pentagon

Buildings left burning
By a series of attacks
Many left bereft

How could this happen?
Surreal. Frozen. Shocking tales
unnerving events

It is still shocking to remember that in a matter of a few hours, we felt under siege, as two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center in Manhattan. As we reeled in horror,  a third plane flew into The Pentagon costing the loss of more lives. Then a fourth plane dove into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, rounding out a day of tremendous pain and suffering for families around the world. The WTC  was a great gathering place for workers and visitors from around the world… The toll was global. What do you remember? How do we prevent this from happening again?

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Reflections: 9.11 – A Decade And A Year Later…

“Those whose lives were lost on September 11 will remain in our thoughts and prayers forever.” Vito Fossella

Reflections: 9.11 – A Decade And A Year Later… Tribute in Light

“When I look out the window, I exhale a prayer of thanks for the color green, for my children’s safety, for the simple acts of faith like planting a garden that helped see us through another spring, another summer. And I inhale some kind of promise to protect my kids’ hopes and good intentions we began with in this country. Freedom of speech, the protection of diversity — these are the most important ingredients of American civil life and my own survival. If I ever took them for granted, I don’t know.” -Barbara Kingsolver

It’s been 11 years since the horrific September 11 attacks occurred. We live in a world that has seen revolution in many parts; changes in governments and calls for the end of oppressive regimes. There is still so much work to do on the path to global peace and equity…  My heartfelt prayers and hugs go out to all who have lost loved ones to acts of violence, may justice prevail.

Memories: Remembering 9.11…
It took a long while to reconnect with the city again… and now, ten years later, we pause to reflect, mourn the many lost, and vow to never forget… The new North and South Memorial Pools, the Tribute in Light and more offer hope and peace. I offer prayers and plant fall flowers to honor the dead and encourage the living. May all find peace and comfort on this day… My heart and healing wishes go out to all the families that lost a loved one on 9.11. What do you do to remember?

“Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11.” -President Barack Obama

Reflections: 9.11 – A Decade And A Year Later… South Memorial Pool via Robert Deutsch/USA Today

“Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.” -President George W. Bush, November 11, 2001

Above and below, I’ve shared some of my thoughts/reflections from previous writings and also the reflections of others. Let us resolve to treat each other with dignity, love, and respect for life. Blessings to all.

Welcoming Another Decade: Of the many memories I will cherish from the last decade, 9/11 will remain the most powerful and painful. Others revolve around work, family, health, travel, and many learning and growth opportunities. I tried out a few new career paths, I ate and traveled plenty and watched my children grow. I welcomed nieces into my extended family, I said goodbye to a few friends and in-laws, I recuperated from a few health scares, celebrated many birthdays and read a lot… September 11 left an indelible impact on many of us… May we always remember to stand for peace.  More below!

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Memories: The Lion Sleeps Tonight…

“Memory… is the diary that we all carry about with us.” Oscar Wilde

Memories: The Lion Sleeps Tonight… Wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh


Happy Hippo & Stan – “The lion sleeps tonight

The Lion Sleeps Tonight… Lyrics from lyrics.net submitted by Naj Uyanik
Ee-e-e-um-um-a-weh
Ee-e-e-um-um-a-weh

Wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh
Wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh
Wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh
Wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh

In the jungle, the mighty jungle
The lion sleeps tonight
In the jungle, the quiet jungle
The lion sleeps tonight

In 1939, when Solomom Linda and The Evening Birds sang and recorded his famous song – Mbube – for the South African Gallo Record Company, he had no idea that it would eventually earn millions for others, and be recorded internationally by many well known singers of the century; from The Weavers, The Tokens, Jimmy Dorsey, Yma Sumac, Miriam Makeba, to The Kingston Trio. The original song evolved into other versions; particularly two popular versions, Wimoweh (US charts, 1952,#6) performed by The Weavers, and The Lion Sleeps Tonight (US charts #1,1961,UK #11) by The Tokens. Much has been said on how Solomon was cheated out of royalties but more on that later. My memory of the song is tied to my mother… Read on.

“Gratitude changes the pangs of memory into a tranquil joy.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Memories: The Lion Sleeps Tonight… Setting Sun


Solomon Linda’s Original Evening BirdsMbube (ORIGINAL VERSION OF WIMOWEH)

Wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh
Wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh
Wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh
Wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh

Near the village, the peaceful village
The lion sleeps tonight
Near the village, the quiet village
The lion sleeps tonight

My siblings and I gathered in the living room. Mother had called us to come downstairs for a surprise. I’ve always hated surprises but when your mother calls… well, it’s a surprise alright. We sat on the carpeted floor and looked expectantly at our mother who was ensconced in a comfortable stuffed armchair. She smiled at us, “Now be quiet,” she whispered and then said nothing more. We sat and waited; waiting and wondering when the shit would hit the fan or the surprise would land… Finally, when I thought it might be time to say something to mother, who, by the way, was busy sewing another baby outfit, she got up and turned the radio on. It crackled, buzzed, and then filled the room with melodious voices.

“Yesterday is but today’s memory, and tomorrow is today’s dream.” Khalil Gibran

Memories: The Lion Sleeps Tonight…


Miriam Makeba – Mbube – The Lion sleeps Tonight 1960

Wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh
Wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh
Wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh
Wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh

Hush my darling, don’t fear my darling
The lion sleeps tonight
Hush my darling, don’t fear my darling
The lion sleeps tonight

At first, we weren’t sure what was going on, but then we heard the announcer (what we’d call a DJ today) say something to the effect of “Ladies and gentlemen, today we bring you a few new contestants. Each will sing a favorite song of their choosing and you can call in and nominate your favorite singer in the group. First up is Mr X from XYZ.”  Mr. X sang a popular song. I think it was I’m Leaving on a Jet Plane by John Denver. We thought Mr. X was quite good… Then the announcer paused for a commercial break, came back on the air and announced the next performer… “Ladies and gentlemen, Welcome Mrs… Yes, it was Mother! And her song of choice?  The Lion Sleeps Tonight.

“In memory everything seems to happen to music.” Tennessee Williams

Memories: The Lion Sleeps Tonight… Ee-e-e-um-um-a-weh, Ee-e-e-um-um-a-weh, Wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh…


The Weavers – Wimoweh

Wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh
Wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh
Wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh
Wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh

Ee-e-e-um-um-a-weh
Ee-e-e-um-um-a-weh

♫ ♪ ♬Ee-e-e-um-um-a-weh, Ee-e-e-um-um-a-weh♫, ♫Wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh…♫ ♪ ♬ Mother’s voice filled the air. We were shocked and then stifled fits of laughter… Only my mother would be daring enough to thwart the social mores of her tight-knit community, and sing a popular song in a contest on the radio. ♫ ♬Ee-e-e-um-um-a-weh, Ee-e-e-um-um-a-weh, Wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh… In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight… ♫ ♬ She sang Happy Hippo’s version and put all her passion and pride in that song.  As her voice got stronger, it took on a tone of defiance. ♫Wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh… Hush my darling, don’t fear my darling, The lion sleeps tonight…♫♩  At the end of the song, we applauded loudly and assured Mother she should and would win. From then on, The Lion Sleeps Tonight became one of my favorite songs and has remained so for years.  More below!

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