"Make It Green"

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Posted by SteelyJack at spider-mtc-th041.proxy.aol.com on September 15, 2001 at 04:56:52:

Apologies if this has been posted already, but I found it quite beautiful.
And I thought to share it with my fellow Askewbians. I was very impressed
by the fact that this email-forward that a friend of mine sent me today was
written by none other than Roger Ebert. Please, check out his message.
Let's not focus on his issues with Kevin Smith's latest movie...Jeez, it
seems like such a long time ago since the anticipation to see "Jay and
Silent Bob Strike Back" was such a primary thought held in the forefront of
my mind's eye. Things like that just don't seem quite as important these


P.S. Give blood.
"Make It Green"


If there is to be a memorial, let it not be of stone and steel.

Fly no flag above it, for it is not the possession of a nation but a sorrow
shared with the world.

Let it be a green field, with trees and flowers.

Let there be paths that wind through the shade.

Put out park benches where old people can sun in the summertime, and a pond
where children can skate in the winter.

Beneath this field will lie entombed forever some of the victims of
September 11.

It is not where they thought to end their lives.

Like the sailors of the battleship Arizona, they rest where they fell.

Let this field stretch from one end of the destruction to the other.

Let this open space among the tower mark the emptiness in our hearts.

But do not make it a sad place.

Give it no name.

Let people think of it as the green field.

Every living thing that is planted there will show faith in the future.

Let students take a corner of the field and plant a crop there.

Perhaps corn, our native grain.

Let the harvest be shared all over the world, with friends and enemies,
because that is the teaching of our religions, and we must show that we
practice them.

Let the harvest show that life prevails over death, and let the gifts show
that we love our neighbors.

Do not build again on this place.

No building can stand there.

No building, no statue, no column, no arch, no symbol, no name, no date, no

Just the comfort of the earth we share, to remind us that we share it.


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