September 9, 2010

"For Our World"

Posted: 08:07 PM ET

A great friend of our show, the late Mattie Stepanek, composed this poem on 9/11.  It was Mattie's answer to the questions "what now, what next?"  We thought news events warranted another look at this amazing piece of work from an amazing young man.


We need to stop.

Just stop.

Stop for a moment.

Before anybody

Says or does anything

That may hurt anyone else.

We need to be silent.

Just silent.

Silent for a moment.

Before we forever lose

The blessing of songs

That grow in our hearts.

We need to notice.

Just notice.

Notice for a moment.

Before the future slips away

Into ashes and dust of humility.

Stop, be silent, and notice.

In so many ways, we are the same.

Our differences are unique treasures.

We have, we are, a mosaic of gifts

To nurture, to offer, to accept.

We need to be.

Just be.

Be for a moment.

Kind and gentle, innocent and trusting,

Like children and lambs,

Never judging or vengeful

Like the judging and vengeful.

And now, let us pray,

Differently, yet together,

Before there is no earth, no life,

No chance for peace.

Mattie Stepanek, "Hope Through Heartsongs", 2002

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Daniel Arias   September 9th, 2010 9:09 pm ET

Beautiful and appropriate for the times

lg   September 9th, 2010 9:13 pm ET

Beautiful. Thank you Mattie.

Lesliee   September 9th, 2010 9:13 pm ET

I love this poem, it states exactly what we are doing but also saying exactly what we need to do. Lost for words!

Christiana C.   September 9th, 2010 9:13 pm ET

Thanks Larry for sharing this. As a writer, a social philosopher, a United States citizen, and a human...this means so much and speaks to so much truth.

Patti watti   September 9th, 2010 9:15 pm ET

Amen to the poem by Mattie. We need to stop selling our souls. So long as we never learn to stop, let go of the sorrow and hate, we will always have the burdens on our back. It is sad that we have hurt seeking radicals on this earth but if we can't put them behind our backs and go on then the hurt and hate feeds on us and not only do they win but we become filled with hate like them and then we are them. Don't sell your souls to hate and hurt.

Kwophi Danso   September 9th, 2010 9:17 pm ET

This is really touching, I'm really short of words...

We need to watch
Just watch
Watch for a moment
Before we loose sight of what Larry King is showing....

Donna   September 9th, 2010 9:23 pm ET

thank you.

Fahim   September 9th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

Mattie lives forever in our heart. His poems are inspirations. All of us irrespective of race,culture,religion need to read this and stop for a moment to reflect and evaluate ourselves. I believe this particular poem should get the recognition of International Peace Poem. Our political and religious leaders need to read it as well!!

Barb Schnipper   September 9th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

So touched by Matte's poem. I grieve from not knowing this wise young man. But what a word legacy he left us, if we could only listen.

Deanna Kimberly   September 9th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

The poem is AMAZING! But you should hear the song! Its by Billy Gilman! It's a beautiful and very touching song!

Dez   September 9th, 2010 9:41 pm ET

Check out the song version by Billy Gilman!! He did a whole album using Matties poems!

Hanna   September 9th, 2010 9:44 pm ET

It was also made into a song by Billy Gilman.

Jeni Stepanek   September 9th, 2010 9:58 pm ET

Thank you, Larry, for posting a message of hope and peace, when so much media is focused on vengeance and hatred because it is sensational. Peace is possible, if we make that our choice. I hope your act is replicated by all other media sources. You are a role model, showing that peace is sensational, too.
Jeni Stepanek ("Mattie's mom")

ms nikki   September 9th, 2010 11:52 pm ET

i am from a small town many of you may know it either from the koran publicity or the fla gators called gainesville fl but out side the burning of the koran the the gators being national champions there is so much more and about a half mile or 8 block to the east of the uf campus there anr men women and children sleeping on the streets because the only homeless shelter in the area is full and working on a low budget threating to close down and instead of the city spending hard earned tax dollars on the citizens of gainesville fl they spend the money on a dog park and close down the one place they have to go to tent city, then to make matters worse they close down the one hospital that the lower class people used and replaced it with an economics building for the students and said you all can use the after hours clinic that dont except medicaid now the single father of two has to take his son to a hospital er and sit 16 hrs , or the familiy that gets stuck at the grocery store because they miss the last bus that leaves at 7pmfor the low economic side of town or the thousands of other people who want to go back to school but cant because uf is hard to get into or the dropped out and santa fe programs are all fast and instead of the mayor using the dog park money and making a trade school so that people can make something of themselves goback to school they use it on the students of uf ,iam out raged and some light needs to be shed on the soo called # 1 college town

Sandy   September 10th, 2010 12:26 am ET

Out of the mouths of babes.
A Pastor is ANYONE whose ministry to others provides wisdom, comfort, love and peace. We are all on this earth to be ministers to others. Mr. Jones or Mattie? The written words are evidence decide.

Meher Raza   September 10th, 2010 12:33 am ET

My true feelings,beautiful verses and beautiful thought.Thanks for sharing. I sincerely hope for the peace in this world and wish that that these religious Fanatics broad their minds and start loving each other instead of behaving like blood thirsty animals.The world is getting tired of theirinhumane behavior,and posing themselves the pious leaders of communities.
I think media should not give these people popularity,instead introduce the views of people like Mattie to public.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   September 10th, 2010 6:27 am ET

This is a poem of our time. Touching and profound! Sent to us by a sweet angel. May he Rest In Peace!

Amber   September 10th, 2010 12:47 pm ET

Thanks Larry for posting this poem. Mattie Stepanek was an inspiration to all of us, and this poem is very approprate in these times. Peace is possible, and I really wish that america and the rest of the world will be at peace with one another and themselves. For those who don't know, Billy Gilman also did an album filled with Mattie's inspirational poems put to music called "Music Through Heartsongs." it is really a beautiful cd, so everyone check it out!

Joe G. (Illinois)   September 10th, 2010 1:57 pm ET

There is Heaven and there is earth..
This that we are in now is earth.
We are here to overcome or be overcome.
And anyone that don’t like it as an issue alright!

God could have gotten rid of all sin and evil at the time of the original sin of Adam and Eve. But He instead He chose to give is only Begotten Son as the ultimate Lamb of Sacrifice, and in so doing give us the chance to overcome evil, and regain an eternal loving life.

But people don’t like that option. But people don’t appreciate that option.. But people are not thankful for that option.. Always complaining, cursing, and praying for the selfish end of it all. Never recognizing God’s longsuffering and how He doesn’t take pleasure in watching most people fail.
Thank you and good day

Aaron Pacentine   September 10th, 2010 4:29 pm ET

A wonderful and heartfelt poem recorded by Billy Gilman....and it is a very special song to me and it is very dear to my heart and I know it touches the hearts of the millions I'm sure who have already read this poem come to life through Billy's music already....thanks Billy for touching so many people and bringing it to life through music in song!

LacrosseMom(the real one)   September 10th, 2010 7:48 pm ET

Mattie, you are truly an angel. I know you are looking down on us from Heaven, please say a prayer for our Nation, that the Hate will be silent, that Hate will turn to Love for our neighbor as Jesus commands.

Its nice to read the comments posted here, after the reading the Hate that is strangling our Nation.

God bless everyone, please pray for those who hate. Peace.

Nancy   September 11th, 2010 12:19 am ET

It's a refreshing blessing to see the media give time to this beautiful young angel who's time on earth is over but his love and wisdom will remain with us all for ever. Thank you Larry for publishing Mattie Stepanek poem.

Trump is nothing more than sleaze bag seeing to gain some publicity for him self like the Burning Pastor from Florida. This actually is pretty pathetic when the media can do so much good by the wisdom from Mattie Stepanek. The media has become an addict to spreading hate like wild fire.
Let us all pray to seek wisdom to end hate. May Mattie rest In Peace!

George   September 11th, 2010 12:39 am ET

Regarding the creating of the Universe: Is not the present (universe) the information of creation and is not the the universe not created but being created inside the illusion of time?

George   September 11th, 2010 12:51 am ET

Regarding the creating of the Universe: Is not the present (universe) the information of creation and is not the the universe not created but being created inside the illusion of time? Manifesting which is only our perception of manifestation maybe is the being manifesting from "nothingness" to somethingness to encreasing complexity and ultimately to nothingness in terms of physics and psychologically whereby true purity is the void of the complexity of desire, fear, conflict, suffering and etc. This is where there is the possibility of creative love that is not affection etc. and has no direction or preference for a person or group.

CindyM   September 11th, 2010 9:50 pm ET

Thanks for reminding us of this beautiful poem, Larry. We'll never forget Mattie.

Alexis Ramirez   September 12th, 2010 10:21 pm ET

I think the mesquita shouldn't be built on the ground zero area because as soon as they built it is a public buliding. That is a big open door for muslim teorrists. The teorrists that blow up the twin towers for them they look like gods (matryr)

The muslim teorrist will give tribute to the people who blow up the twin towers like matryr and the sitution can get worse inside to our country USA about major of New York and president obama that make their job of what they have to do.

Alexis Ramirez   September 12th, 2010 10:24 pm ET

Also my family is a surviver of 9/11 espically my wife and we never forgot that day.

Jeni Stepanek   September 13th, 2010 10:32 am ET

Mattie never said we should 'forget' the tragic events of 9/11/2001. However, he said instead of revenge, we should be seeking to rebuild the shattered mosaic of life. We can remember and learn from tragic events, and simultaneously move peacefully forthward. Mattie said a 'just peace' is not about forgetting or vulnerability, but about understanding and respecting and balancing the basic needs and differences of all people. People who are like us and peope who are different from us. Mattie believed that peace was for all people, even people we disagree with or do not like. Not all Muslims are terrorists. Not all Christians speak or act peacefully. It is my hope, and my goal, and my campaign, to encourage all media sources and all people to post Mattie's "For Our World" poem on their websites (or a link to Mattie's website with the poem) during the year leading up to the 10th anniversary of 9/11. We need to make PEACE our conversation around dinner tables and conference tables and world tables. Peace IS possible, if we make that our choice in thought, word, and action.
Jeni Stepanek ("Mattie's mom").

Pat   September 14th, 2010 3:56 am ET

Ms. Stepanek, I have Mattie's website bookmarked on my computer. I read his "Heartsongs" book in a local bookstore and nearly cried right there in public. A wise old soul encased in a young body is the only way I can describe your son. 🙂

It's good that Mattie's message is being spread by you, his books, your biography of him, Mattie's website, and hopefully by others. But since there are still so many conflicts in the world and people acting out their own agendas, I fear that his message has a long, long way to go before people of all stripes really sit up and take notice.

And unfortunately, like with Mr. Ramirez above, the wounds of 9/11 are still raw with many, many people. I'm only being truthful when I say that in the days immediately following 9/11, Mattie's beautiful message was ignored, and it was very likely that people in some circles would have even considered Mattie's 9/11 poem as treasonous had it been made public (horrific to think that he could even have been seen in that light!). Even though things have calmed down somewhat in recent years and more people appear to be open to Mattie's philosophy, if his message of peace was taken right to Ground Zero on the 10th anniversay of 9/11, the reaction to the proposed mosque being built on that site sadly shows that a lot of people would refuse to listen to it. 🙁

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