in the shadow of the terror attacks.
original September 11, 2001 poem was written to be
to our congregation at St John's
West Ealing, London,
on the Sunday following 9/11. The following day, prompted by a
a friend who had read it to a Sikh family, I made a shorter version
just the last two sections, to be more accessible to people outside the
I emailed it to various friends, and it circulated from there.
complete version appeared
in November 2001 and the poem has been published widely in whole or
part in print
and on the Web. A short passage from the closing section was incorporated into the Archbishop of
talk at the memorial
service for British victims in Westminster
poem was called "September 11, 2001" from the beginning, but has been
published under various titles including "What kind of story is this?".
An updated version
produced for the tenth anniversary was read
at St John's
on September 11, 2011.
11, 2001 (short version)
11, 2001 (complete
11, 2001 (tenth
anniversary complete version)