The Sleeping Giant

dedicated to the events of September 11th, 2001
and to the War on Terror

“I fear that we have awakened a sleeping giant
and filled him with a terrible resolve.”

Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto
Empire of Japan
December 7th, 1941


Ground Zero - New York, New York - Photo by William Ames

This collection is dedicated to the victims and events of September 11th, 2001--those of the World Trade Centers, The Pentagon, Shanksville Pennsylvania, and all those who defend liberty and justice. Not since the attack on Pearl Harbor have Americans known war on our homeland, and most of us cannot remember what it is to be at war.

World War II poet and Nobel Prize winner Csezlaw Milosz felt that his greatest duty as a poet was to create a record and to serve as witness to the events he had endured as a Lithuanian living in Poland.

And now we are at a great crossroads in time. This has not happened, ever, in the history of the world, when civilization has lost its place, and the weak seek to terrorize the innocent. I hope that our nation rises from its sleep, and that we can, as a people, remember what our fathers knew, what their fathers knew, and what the young have never had to know.

As President Bush said, we have a quiet, unyielding anger, but this must turn to resolve, so that there will again be a time when whole generations cannot remember war.

We will never forget the images in our minds of the U.S.S. George Washington, defending New York Harbor; F16 fighter jets protecting our skies, or the courageous spirit displayed by the firefighters, rescue workers, and police. Like Csezlaw Milosz, we are the witnesses of this generation, and it is our duty to record it well.

Poetry can capture the horror, the betrayal, anger, the great sadness, and the great triumph of spirit we know and will know. We must serve the future and create the record, the history--and ultimately, the emotions--of this time. We are no longer 'Generation X', and we have heard our calling.

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance, so let us mark our words carefully, for our children and for our posterity. Let them never forget what we have seen, what we have felt and what we have written--what happened on September 11th, 2001.


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USMC Marine Corps poetry, by Lewis Watt

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The Sleeping Giant


by William E. Ames
The Ghosts by Gloria Baikauskas
I inform you, Minoru Yamasaki by Manuel Quintero-Vargas
9/11/2001 by Michael Luby
A Call to Arms by Vaughn Fritts
Scarred Parachutes by Low Guojian Ethan
Gone is the Day

Free World Soldier

Children of the Sun

by Herbert L. Burd
Untitled by Lara Guinevere Traver
Empty Skies by Pam Lovelace Gremillion
Grieve, America by Raynette Eitel
Enemy in Our Sights by Mark Bratrsovky
Peace of Mind by Robert M. Hensel
Promise to Osama by Sherri Granato
Distant Witness by Kelly Ann Malone
Homage to America by Gaynor Morgan
Today a Soldier Came Home by Sherri Stansell Bailey
Souls of September
A Giant has been Awakened

Let's Roll - Flight 93

by Joe Pielmeier, Sr.

Editor's note:
Mr. Pielmeier passed away December 5th, 2002. We are honored to publish his works.

Depth of America

For Dad's Lunch

by William Broome
9/11 in Memoriam by Marc Mullo
A Birthday to Remember by Holley A. Kinnear (Murray)
Via Doloroso (The Sorrowful Way) - NEW! by Bob McNeil

Cross at Ground Zero, New York, September 11th 2001
The Cross at Ground Zero
New York

Footprint of The Twin Towers
Ground Zero, New York

Gettysburg Cannon
Gettysburg Cannon

Flight 93 Memorial
Flight 93 Memorial