If They Could Speak
Rosanne Pellicane, 2001
Please don’t be afraid.
Yes, life is different now but remember when it was beautiful?
Well, it will be again, though not the same.
The wounds will heal, your tears will dry and though scars remain,
I know you are strong enough to live through the pain.
Do not grieve and linger in the shadows of graves.
Go out into the sunshine and tell everyone that I was here.
Let our enemy know that when we were together we lived, and worked and loved.
And though I am gone, you will carry on for me because you must.
Tell my family how much I loved them and still do.
Remember the good we shared, the life we created, and
walk forward with noble dreams.
God can’t fill a shattered heart or a clenched fist.
Let fear die and let love flow again like a river.
So as the smoke rises high above the ash,
gather all your strength and rebuild some new, something better.
It’s not impossible.
It’s what I would do for you.
Just one last thing, surely you must know,
I never wanted to leave you.
I was captured by fate,
escorted by angels.
And though you might feel you are alone,
you are not and neither am I …
“If They Could Speak” is a 9-11 poem written by Rosanne Pellicane. It was selected as the keynote for the permanent 9-11 exhibit at the New York City Fire Museum. It honors the 343 firefighters who lost their lives at the World Trade Center.
By Rosanne Pellicane, 2001
是的, 生活不复从前, 但请记住那美好的时光
那么, 生活仍将美丽, 尽管不同
创伤会愈合, 泪水会风干, 虽然疤痕依旧
让我们的敌人知道, 我们一起生活过, 工作过, 爱过
我虽已离去, 但你要为我而走下去, 因为你必须
Ten years ago today, my heart crumbled. Ten years later today, my heart still cries...