9/11 (Villanelle)

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9/11

The burning buildings woke me from a sleep
of what I thought important, nothing now.
I ran hard down the smoking, crumbling street,

praying that my child was mine to keep,
dear god oh please dear god I whispered loud;
the burning buildings woke me from a sleep.

Some stopped to stare, all of us to weep
as eyes replayed the towers’ brutal bow.
I ran hard down the smoking, crumbling street.

North sky a startling blue, the south a heap
of man-wrought cloud; I pushed against the crowd;
the burning buildings woke me from a sleep.

I’d never complain again, never treat
with trivial despair–or so I vowed.
I ran hard down the smoking, crumbling street.

I’d change, give thanks—I saw them leap—
and begged for all the grace God would allow.
The burning buildings woke me from a sleep;
I ran hard down the smoking, crumbling street.

 

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This is an old poem (approximately 15 years old in fact).  Am posting in memoriam and gratitude too, for the grace that I was allowed that day.

Pic is slightly newer, also mine, al rights reserved. 

 

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3 Comments on “9/11 (Villanelle)”

  1. Kerry O'Connor Says:

    This gave me chills, Karin. The starkest of all images is the one in parenthetical dashes.. I saw the leap. Some sights can never be unseen, and what I saw on my TV screen remains fresh in memory – what you saw that day, I am grateful not to have witnessed.

  2. Sherry Marr Says:

    A fantastic write, powerful, conveying the terror – and the realization of what truly matters. The villanelle form really accentuates the message. Great write, Karin!


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