The dates on the stones let you measure the time
Of the lives that lived in between.
The bracketed years reveal to the current
The joys and the troubles they've seen.
On any given day a person is born
You can record the date of their birth.
And on any given day a person can die
And you can record that they've left this earth.
And the morning we made our dusty descent,
An accomplishment undiminished,
We learned of the others and their bracketed date,
And our own, that remained unfinished.
So it is incredible to believe the end can be met
At the hands of someone we knew.
He put an end to life, he put an end to himself,
But he didn't put an end to you.
Sixteen years. Still true.
No one ever dies
Who lives in hearts
These people left many things well begun.
And on 9/11 and 9/16, these people became memories.