Did You Know?
by Chip Brooks
(Background for this article: As I was preparing for another historical article for the Nov/Dec issue, the 9/11 tragedy struck. I was having trouble getting into research mode for a regular article when Ed Barnes called and suggested we do a Gazette geared to what had just happened. I was trying to come up with something that would be meaningful and poignant, when I received this wonderful poem...)
As I started to prepare another article, I was having trouble putting down the words. Then I received an E-mail with a wonderful poem and the words and labels suddenly came together. This is a special "Did You Know?" dedicated to families and friends who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. This poem unfortunately is an 'author unknown'. Too bad...they deserve a lot of credit. God Bless America!
Did You Know?
"As she stood there, strong and tall
She couldn't turn away,
She was forced to watch it all.
Did she long to offer comfort
She could not hide her face
She just stared across the water
Keeping Freedom's Place.
Somehow reduced her size
So small within the harbor
But still we recognized....
On a day so many died
I wonder what she thought
And I know she must have cried."
Unfurled the standard to the air,
She tore the azure robe of night
and set the stars of glory there.
She mingled with its gorgeous dyes
the milky baldric of the skies,
and striped its pure celestial white
with streakings of the morning light."
Side Note: baldric - Pronunciation: 'bol-drik
Those who collect Cigar Label Art today are a special group of people. Those who created these wonderful images over a hundred years ago set a standard of creativity, insight and patriotism that I hope we can perpetuate for another hundred years.
God Bless You and Yours
God Bless Us All...