Poem: The Context Gives the Magnitude

The context gives the magnitude,
After all for a small child,
Half a nation away,
Two planes crashing into buildings,
Doesn’t mean much anyway.

For the adults in the room,
Gravity strikes with horror,
Anger and disbelief.
To ask the question of why,
An understanding of the significance,
Must be available.

The importance passing on,
Through bells and remembrances,
Through monuments and sacrifice.
We teach to impart,
The grave lessons of the past,
In the hopes of preventing,
A darker future.

Two decades on,
We leave a part of ourselves,
In lands far away.
What magnitude is left,
Within the current context?

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