Requiem for September 11 was my response to the tragic events of September 11, 2001. As I read the sketches from the "Portrait of Grief" published in the New York Times, I cried and was saddened by so many lives cut short. I was struck by the youth of the victims and their apparent normalcy. These were not captains of industry, but ordinary people aspiring to the good life. What spoke to me most were the victims' faces, mostly smiling in snapshots of happy times.