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A Tribute to the New York City Firefighters

"Keep on climbing", says the Captain,
"Up through the smoke and smell";
"Keep on climbing ", says the Captain.
"I think I heard somebody yell!"
"Keep on climbing", says the Captain
"Alive or dead,
Not ours to tell."
"Keep on climbing", calls the Captain
"Forget about your pain!"
"Keep on climbing", shouts the Captain
"We have a few more floors to gain"
"Keep on climbing", yells the Captain
"We will
Bring them down again!"
"Keep on climbing", cries the Captain
"If I can so can you!"
"Keep on climbing", orders the Captain
"Right now
I need your best from you!"
"keep on climbing ", screams the Captain,
"Forget about those sounds!"
"It's just some girders twisting
And some concrete falling down",
"Keep on climbing", whispers the Captain;
"Climb right up to that light!"
"Right up to that sunshine,"
"No smoke to smell.
"No fire to fight!"
"Keep on climbing", sings the Captain
"That Angel's hand will lead the way!"
"Rest boys", sighs the Captain:
"You did your job today!"
"Keep on climbing", prays Our Captain:
"Eyes raised, headed for the top."
"And when you're tired
And feel like quitting.
Remember them.
They didn't stop!"

By Jim McGregor
Langley City Fire Chief

Firefighters the world over have a common bond,
born of the job's danger and their
common commitment.


copyright Poem Jim McGregor Sept 13th 2001
copyright Mist Midi sequenced by Andy Klapwyk
If you wish to use it on your website,
please contact Andy Klapwyk for permission.
copyright Canada Background by Dora
September 19th, 2001