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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

White September Sky

A screaming comes across the sky . . .
How did it look to them
in the first frozen second of the brand new war,
when sky and fire opened the walls?
Vengeance is not enough.
Sometimes it seems the dead are waiting,
ghost riders paused in shock before they go on
to wherever they go.

They want us to see what they saw,
as their exploded memories began to unravel
through the air, until only the air remained.
We watched the clouds they became,
their dust filling our eyes, our lungs, our blood.
We breathe them in, we have no choice,
and their blood flows in us, as we move, stately,
into the passion of war, the romance of revenge.
But some remembered, in that second at the window,
lovers, children, all the white Septembers of joy.

Bless them in the middle of fire, bless their blood,
heroic, that we bring to war, bless their final end.
Vengeance is not enough. They wait for peace.

Anthony Libby (September 2001)
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  • MONETRUBY
    Brilliant, beautiful, and heartbreaking.
    2840 days ago
  • POPSY190
    A terrible day, indeed.
    2842 days ago
  • IMPROVINGME
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    2842 days ago
  • NANA-B-FITZ
    I live in New York City. I also lived through this horrible day in our history.Even today twelve tear latter ,tears come to my eyes when I remember the fear and sadness in all my neighbors faces on that day.

    We must never forget

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    God Bless America

    2843 days ago
  • PURPOSEPOWER95
    emoticon never forget!
    2843 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13231517
    One of the nicest things about living in New York City (Upper West Side) was getting to be near my best friend from grad school. Today is her birthday. Happy Birthday Tess Elliott! It is difficult for me not to become emotionally swamped with personal memories of this day a dozen years ago. I find courage and heart in Tessie, who still lives in and dearly loves New York City - especially as she holds her head up and celebrates her birthday wholeheartedly.
    2843 days ago
  • KITT52
    emoticon ...God bless America ....
    2843 days ago
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