In Memory of...

Vanavah Alexi Thompson
Age 26
Victim of WTC

"I'm Free"

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief

Don't lengthen it now with undo grief.

Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free

I'm following the path God laid for me.

I could not stay another day

to laugh, to love, to work or play.

Tasks left undone must stay that way

If my parting has left a void

Then fill it with remembered joy

A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss

Ah yes, these things, I too, will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow.

I wish you all the sunshine of tomorrow.

I've savored much.

Good Friends, good times, a loved one's touch.

Lift up your heart and share with me

God wanted me now, he set me free.

Author unknown

7 Responses
  1. camojack Says:

    Beautiful. I didn't know you'd signed on...

  2. MargeinMI Says:

    Thanks for helping us remember, both the tragedy, and what lays ahead for those blessed enough to be in God's Grace.

  3. Great Memorial, Teela.
    Thanks for taking the time, lord knows it seem to slip by so fast. If the young mans family see this I am sure they will take solice in the words you offer. May Vanavah rest in peace, enjoying eternal love from our Father above.

  4. debambam Says:

    Thank you for remembering.
    Kelly, a fellow 2996er
    I remember

  5. diablo Says:

    I remember too. I will never forget. It's funny how 90% of this country can tell you who were the last 5 finalists in any of the F'ing American Idol seasons. But ask them to name ONE firefighter who went in when everyone else was running out! Name ONE NYPD who bravely gave their lives to rescue others! Name ONE employee who just thought they were going to work that day, but were killed just for living their lives the best they could. Name one of the mothers, fathers, sons, daughters on any of the business as usual flights that day that ended in a violent demise. Remember the fallen.

  6. Camo-by suggestion from none other than yourself I signed up-I didn't know about it prior. I still feel helpless for all those people-their friends, families and loved ones...wished I could have written more.

    Margeinmi-it is truly a tragedy which we'd all wish didn't happen. It is sad, as I posted on Camos blog, I had to fight the lump in my throat to swallow and the urge to cry as the news relived that day. I didn't know anyone there but felt a compelling sense of sadness.

    Libby I can not take full credit for the memorial, this poem was also a tribute to my fathers passing away 5 years ago. It seemed all too appropriate.

    Debambam-I will never forget.

    Diablo-Even though we can not remember the names of the victims whether they were there to save or just there by chance I agree with you it was a senseless crime against mankind regardless of race, origin, background or job title. Thank you for posting.

    Thank you all for commenting, 9/11 is a day which will never be forgotten.

  7. camojack Says:

    Island Girl TLA:
    I was able to get a few people to sign on to the project, and I'm glad I did.

    It would seem that they (and you) are, too...