Hallowed Ground

This week’s Poet’s Voice is in remembrance of Sept. 11, 2011. It was written by FranklinCounty resident Marilyn McCann, between Dec. 2001 and Jan. 2002. “The words come a few at a time and the music comes along with it,” said the songwriter, who has served as pianist for the cooperative UnitedMethodistChurch parish, on St. George island and in Apalachicola.

“It’s important for us to remember not only the people who died, but the people who reached out as first responders. Their families have had losses also,” she said. “They were very brave people, very brave people. I think it’s important to honor their courage, and the fact that our country recovered from that.”

 

 

Oh we didn’t choose to leave you

And our leaving caused you pain,

Shattered dreams and broken hearts

Now part of the mainstream.

But may your fears for us be put to rest

And peace replace the pain,

For we have climbed the stairs to heaven

Into the loving arms of God

 

Hallowed ground, Hallowed ground

Where our mortal bodies returned to dust

But our spirits rose on high,

And our heroes’ courage never died,

Oh America! America! God bless us one and all.

 

So our heroes filled with courage

That only God could give.

Did search for those treacherous paths for us

With grief-filled hearts and tears;

And in their search for peace our spires joined

With that of God within.

So that on earth or in heaven, we’re

All in our Father’s hands.

 

Hallowed ground, Hallowed ground

Where our mortal bodies returned to dust

But our spirits rose on high,

And our heroes’ courage never died,

Oh America! America! God bless us one and all.