A rare photo that I actually took on one of those autumn days around where I live–a place that remains clear, blue, and silent even today.

One of Those Autumn Days, 9/11

The day was one of those autumn days you keep in your heart.

The air, clear and crisp.

The sky, cerulean, no cloud daring to mar its perfection.

All was well.  All was normal.

Then it wasn’t.

Just three hundred miles south of my tranquil world

Another world—a vicious, chaotic world—was erupting.

Images from that toxic, helter-skelter world

Collided with my safe, clear blue silence.

And I cried.

The day was one of those autumn days you keep in your heart.

The world was changed forever.

Heroes died and heroes lived; some forgave, others avenged.

All was never perfect.  Normal was just an illusion.

Still, I hope.

Because today is another one of those autumn days…