From Chicken Soup for the Soul of America


As the soot and dirt and ash rained over us,

We became one color.

As we carried each other down the stairs of the burning building,

We became one class.

As we lit candles of hope and remembrance,

We became one generation.

As the firefighters and police officers fought their way into the inferno,

We became one gender.

As we fell to our knees in prayer and strength,

We became one faith.

As we whispered or shouted words of encouragement,

We spoke one language.

As we gave our blood in lines a mile long,

We became one body.

As we mourned together the great loss,

We became one family.

As we cried tears of rage and grief,

We became one soul.

As we shared with pride the sacrifice of heroes,

We became one people.

We are

One color,

One class,

One generation,

One gender,

One faith,

One language,

One body,

One family,

One soul,

One people.

We are the Power of One.

We are United.

We are America.

Cheryl Sawyer, Ed.D.

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