Interview with Poet Janelle Barker (9/11 ATTACKS)

1) What is the theme of your poem?

the theme of my poem is finding your strength to stay strong

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

this event changed the world and affected all of us deep into our heart, whether we were there or not.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

I have been writing for several years but really got into it more in the last 2 years, its my biggest passion.

4) If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would
that be?

Dinner. Haha. WOW! Oprah Winfrey, I have a poem that I dedicated to her. I would love for her to read it.

5) What influenced you to submit to have your poetry performed by a
professional actor?

I did not know this could be done. It was nice to hear some else read what I wrote. I would love to know if the reader connected to my writing?

6) Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

Yes! Thriller Novels, pitch it to become a Movie, Ghost Stories Novel , Biographies, 4 poetry books, the hits just keep on coming. LOL.

7) What is your passion in life?

My passion is obviously writing, and being with my family & friends in the great outdoors.

Watch the Poetry Reading: 

Performed by Allison Kampf

9/11 Attacks, by Janelle Barker

The day began like any other r
The sun rose, scattering to work,
Settling into their day, with a smirk.
8.46am thousands of lives, would change,
North Twin Tower was hit by a plane,
People thought, NO, that’s insane.
News came to those, yes it was true,
Some knew and others didn’t have a clue.
Terror attacks was announced
Disbelief from civilians, on the ground.
9.03am, no, not again
The South Tower was hit, oh Amen.
Survivors running for their lives,
Passing the dead, that, they did dread.
Parts of bodies everywhere,
We had no time, to stop to care.
We had to get out, as fast as we could,
Everyone knew, that was understood.

People jumping from the towers,
Things happened in minutes,
Which seem liked hours.
Flights hijacked, 93,77 and 175
All the passengers, tried their best
To stay alive.
Life that day, was out of control,
When the buildings were demolished
It left, a great big hole.
90 countries, lost loved ones,
Firefighters, military
And police,
are many of the rescue Workers,
that now rest in peace.
Estimated up to 19,000
In the towers upon attack,
So hard to believe
That this maybe fact.
Years later, people still dying,
To the families, related this
Is terrifying.
Exposed toxins from ground zero,
Pregnancy losses, cancers
No one can find answers.
A memorial was made
For all to see,
A reminder of life,
No one would disagree.
Pay your respect, for those we lost,
And say a prayer,
For no extra cost.
This moment in history,
the world will remember,
Let’s come together,
United we stand,
Hand in hand,
Let’s show the world what we can withstand

By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival

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