In Memory of and Dedicated to Those Who Lost Their Lives in the Oklahoma City Bombing



An aching sort of quiet hangs

Suspended as it were,

Between then and now

Holding in firm embrace

The muted pain of sorrow.

It is, as if, by lonely isolation

The quiet of now may

Retrieve the shuffle of feet

Or catch an unexpected word

Thereby rising above the horror

Laid bare by remembering.

Against the hot orange

Of a setting sun, slabs of

Salvaged granite lie beneath

Soft trickles of water

Forever cool,  forever barren

While granite arms stretch high

In a perpetual prayer of need

For what is and was and is yet to be.

A sighing breeze whispers softly

Causing shadows to tilt and turn

Revealing empty chairs that stand

Alone, rigid, plain devoid

Of life and flame

And one realizes it is

Only by remembering

They can live for us again.

I have published this poem before. but wanted to share it again because of Memorial Day. It has been edited somewhat, primarily to improve the rhythm.




9 thoughts on “In Memory of and Dedicated to Those Who Lost Their Lives in the Oklahoma City Bombing

  1. Diane Gulbenkian

    This poem also brought to mind the 9/11 tragedy and the terrible loss of so many lives that day. Sadly there have been several of these horrific events in our lifetime that are so similar in their destructive sadness, and the emptyness and pain left behind. I like how you ended the poem with the thought that those who were lost can be alive again in our memories.


  2. Angela Oden

    I remember walking through the memorial mentally striving to put myself in the place of those who were trapped, to understand their fear, sadness, and regret in knowing they couldn’t escape.Your poem expresses the responsibility we all share in remembering that their lives had a purpose and ended too soon. To the lost, “You are not forgotten.”


    1. Thank you for the comment Angela. We do carry that responsibility. Remembering and appreciating is the least we can do.


  3. Thank you for sharing. Your poem’s excellent imagery and meditative tone do justice to the victims’ memory.


    1. Thank you for visiting my blog and for expressing appreciation for the substance of my poem. We owe so much to those who serve our country.


  4. Rebecca Colleen Craddock

    Beautiful memorial to the people taken in that senseless act of terrorism.


    1. Thanks Rebecca. We can’t change anything but we can remember to honor their sacrificel


  5. Such a beautiful poem.


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