Who Am I
Author: Kim Dunne


I am no one special.
I知 the little boy that gives up his favorite teddy bear so that a stranger might be comforted.
I知 the single mother who has been trying to teach her child to sleep in their own bed,
who holds them tight long into the night, thanking God it wasn稚 her child that died.
I知 the old man, angry and resentful that his military doesn稚 want him because of his age.
I知 the teenage girl that spends hours cutting ribbons for others to wear as a symbol of remembrance.
I知 the young man who doesn稚 understand why his father was running up the stairs
as the building fell, trying to save just one more person, instead of saving himself.
I知 the old woman who will never see her grandchild again.
I知 the little girl, playing with her doll, who can稚 understand when someone screams hateful things at her because of where her family is from.
I知 the police officer, trying to keep idiotic reporters safe, when his wife is still among the missing.
I知 the fire fighter that called in sick that day, only to discover that someone else died in his place.
I知 the man who survived the falling building only to learn that his sister and baby niece were in the plane.
I知 the secretary, angered by the seemingly callous response of those around her.
I知 a spelunker, who is climbing down into the remains of a building, hoping to find someone still alive.
I知 the dog handler, searching for bodies, that has to comfort my animal when only death remains.
I知 the woman who stands in line for five hours in order to give blood, hoping to help strangers in need.
I知 the man who gets up and goes to work every day, in spite of the tragedy, because he still has a family to feed.
I知 the first passenger to get back on a plane, even though I知 terrified, because I know somebody has to be first.
Who am I?
I知 nobody special.
I知 just an American.

------- Author's Notes -------

I wrote this just after 9/11 and have had this posted in many publications in my area. It's a very special poem to me.


Comments on this poem/writing:

Terrie* ( -- Tuesday, May 4 2004, 02:59 am


this was beautifully written, drew some tears in the process but worth every tear that escaped, because i felt and visuaized the emotion in every line, the pain of sufferage that has been carried on since that frightful day..i praise you for such a tribute..i know when that happened as soon as i got in from work i went straight to my kids, with tears rolling down my cheeks i gave them both a big hug ..thanx for sharing your heart..sometimes we need to be reminded of how lucky we are.God Bless You! Terrie*
LinzAy ( -- Tuesday, May 4 2004, 01:45 pm


Very touching, very good :)
Meridian ( -- Tuesday, May 4 2004, 05:38 pm


Hello Kim Dunne!!! This was a very special poem dedicated to those who lost their lives in the 9/11 tragedy. And to all of the firefighters who risked their own lives to save many....To the survivors, and those who didn't survive.... They will be remembered, even if it was 10 years from now.... It's hard to forget something that devestating and dreadful.....And it didn't have to happen. But, I love your poem, "Who Am I"!
Have fun and take care Kim!

barb ( -- Monday, May 10 2004, 10:53 pm


very nice writing kim you should post it in a newspaper every year on the date this terrible thing happened.
Martin V ( -- Tuesday, May 11 2004, 02:55 pm

Who Am I?


I believe, we are all part of each other, one, heart, one being, scattered upon this earth. When one hurts, we all feel the pain. Who are you, you are all of us, we live in each other's heart and when one heart cries, we all cry. Who I? I am you.

Have no more to say except, thank you for reminding us all, of who we are.

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