Remember 9/11: How Can Writing Poems about Family Unity Strengthen Relationships?
Have you ever considered creating your own poems about family unity with your family?
Your family’s thoughts, words and emotions mean so much more to your family than those of someone else.
The world is rapidly approaching an event that has not only touched every heart and every life in America, but many hearts and lives worldwide.
Early on the morning of September 11, 2001, the Twin Towers in New York City were attacked. They fell, taking thousands of lives. Other attacks also darkened that day.
I vividly remember the way people came together after those horrific events. America and the world pulled in a little closer, loved their families more, and looked for a deeper sense of community after the events of 9/11.
Indeed, for a while at least, people became more sensitive to what is truly important in life, namely their relationships with their family, friends, and their community.
As the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approach, you may be looking for ways to talk about this event with your family, especially children who were young or yet unborn.
There are many kinds of families other than blood relatives. Your family might be a church community or group of friends. How you define “family” is entirely up to you.
Finding ways to pull your family a little closer together promotes peace. Because where there is family unity, there can be community unity and world peace.
Certainly, you can look for poems about family unity on the web, but why not create them yourself? You do not have to be a “poet” or a “writer” in order to create poems about anything that touches your heart.
No matter how you define family, or who makes up your family, each member has memories, emotions, and dreams.
So instead of looking for someone else’s words, why not co-create your own poems?
Here’s how you and your family can co-create your very own poems about family unity…
This activity is not about following rigid poetic structure.
You don’t have to write a sonnet, villanelle or any other structured poem.
It is not important for the lines to rhyme, it is not important for the lines to follow a specific poetic meter.
There are no rules, however, a recipe or template can help. These steps may help spark your creativity.
1. Choose a theme for your poem. Make it something simple and open, to encourage each family member’s creativity. Some ideas for 9/11 memorials are:
“We remember 9/11.”
“Messages for the next 7 generations.”
“My commitment to my family.”
Once you agree on a theme, it’s time for each family member to contribute to the family unity poem.
2. Have each person in your family write a line or stanza (which simply means a “set” of lines) for the poems about family unity that you create together.
3. Come together as a family and assemble the poem in whatever way makes sense.
You may wish to combine creating poems about family unity with a meaningful ritual, such as lighting a candle, saying a prayer, and/or sharing a meal.
Do what feels right for your family.
When you come together in love, whatever you do is right!
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