Whoever Says

According to her aunt, Ellen Sleevi, Siena Faughnan was the child her mother Cathy worried about most, because she would never talk about her father. Chris Faughnan was lost in the North Tower on 9/11. Siena, his oldest daughter, wrote the following poem for a collection her school recently put together. Her thoughts and feelings run deep and give voice to the pain all of us still share. — Editor

Whoever Says

Whoever says

    that time heals the wounds that death makes

has surely never rendezvoused with loss

    has never tipped their hat

    to an empty coffin buried in the frozen soil

they have never nearly fallen into the hole that death leaves

    when it unremorsefully plucks away what you hold dearest

a hole that crumbles in on the edges each day eroding away more and more of you

they have never looked back

    and realized that you can’t even remember

    the last words you said

    to your father

    when he walked out the door briefcase in hand

    for the final time

    they have never cried on their birthdays

    picturing his face that will never change while you just keep on changing

Whoever says

that time heals the wounds that death makes

has surely never felt its warm hand on your shoulder

    offering a false sympathy on a September day

copyright 2008, Siena Faughnan

Grade 8, Nevin Platt Middle School, CO

Filed in: Voices of Peaceful Tomorrows

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