I can’t imagine what they went through on September 11th (and I don’t want to)

The Following is an excerpt from chapter 4 of the September 11th Epic Poem. The rough draft was written between June 2008 and May 2010. It is 2,000 lines long and has 1,499 rhyming pairs.
The depths of scare they had to bear
            My heart cannot expound.
And if it could I never would
            Attempt to write it down.
These lines were made to serve as aid  
            For intellectual gain,  
But in the end I don’t pretend
            To understand their pain.
I was not there to watch them stare
            Destruction in the eyes,
Or ask the dead what filled their head
            When life lost its disguise.  
But nonetheless I’ll try to guess
            The questions that they met,
So folks like you can think them through    
            With all the time you get.
These ones who died deserve our pride
            At least for what they bore.
The lists of names are halls of fame
            For this and so much more.
And that is why I’m sworn to try
            To pay the most respect.
You can be sure I won’t endure
            To see their mem’ries wrecked.
I’ll paint at times throughout these rhymes
            A shadow of these folks,
Whose hope gave way that awful day
            When fraught with dreadful yokes.
I don’t imply their strength was shy,
            Or claim it’s wrong to flee:
I’d hate to think how much I’d shrink
            If that poor guy was me.
My point instead from why they fled
            Is that their souls were wise.
It’s common sense to jump the fence
            That holds our sure demise.
Our souls have points at which the joints
            Will crumble down and break.
The world is rife with things in life
            That none of us could take.

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