Frank J. Montoya
UNBROKEN AND UNBOWED
With outrage, shock and disbelief,
We have felt the thrust of the coward’s blow.
We have seen it, but cannot comprehend
How our fellow man could stoop so low
A sneak attack by a nefarious foe,
Who took innocent lives by a vicious deed;
Who had no regard for human life;
Who was willing to die for his cause, his creed.
We have buckled and staggered, racked with pain;
In our hearts we feel the sadness grow.
We have been stricken, and our wounds are deep;
How many thousands lost? We will never know.
We have felt the rage surge in our breast,
And we will find the means to retaliate.
We will put an end to the terror caused
By those whose hearts are so full of hate.
Yes, we hurt, and we cry, for loved ones lost,
As we… we suffer through these trying times,
But Liberty’s Light will not be dimmed,
By those who commit such loathsome crimes.
Listen, World, do you hear our voice?
United we speak out clear and loud.
America’s Spirit and Resolve will forever be:
Strong and proud… unbroken… and unbowed.
©Copyright September 13, 2001 by Frank J. Montoya
HOW LONG SHOULD WE FLY THE FLAG?
Since the cowardly attack on our country on September 11th, hundreds of thousands of Flags have been purchased and millions have appeared on buildings, in front yards, on cars, on lapels and every place imaginable. As time goes by, will the fervor to display our Flag continue, or will it dwindle and fade away? The question will surely arise: How long are we expected to fly the Flag?
Here is my answer:
For as long as it takes!
For as long as it takes to tell the world that we shall stand united and in support of our elected leaders until the perpetrators of this horrible atrocity are brought to justice.
For as long as it takes to rid the world of such evil-doers and those that promote their cause and provide them with sanctuary.
For as long as it takes for all would-be terrorists to realize that their actions serve only to fortify our resolve and to strengthen our unity.
For as long as it takes to show the world that we will not be intimidated nor crippled by such barbarity.
For as long as it takes until all Americans, of every race, creed or color are able to enjoy those goals set forth by our founders: The right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
For as long as it takes!!
©Copyright September 20, 2001 by Frank J. Montoya