Posted tagged ‘September 9’

9/9/11, Helicopters in Lower Manhattan, Poem

September 9, 2011

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9/9/11

I wake this morning in lower
Manhattan to the broken
record roar of helicopter hover,
finding my heartbeat synchronous–
pa-nic-nic-nic-nic-nic,
not wanting to be here
anymore right now
September 9, 2011.

Remember a woman, blonde,
with a blue knit cap, December 2001,
caught at the edge
of the slope, her skis sideways, stuck aslant,
afraid to just slide down, to
stay still too; she’d brought
her kids for fun, her husband
gone, they’d only found his
hand, itself lucky. My own
husband reached out his
across the cold,
coaxing her restart.

Away today, he tells me,
over the phone, not to worry
about participating in any event, hoopla,
no disrespect intended.

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Inspiring Evening – Obama, Jeter, Jobs

September 9, 2009

9/09/09

Inspiring day/inspiring evening:  Obama delivers great and moving speech about health care.  (I never wanted this blog to be political, but when I hear Obama speak I can’t help but be appreciative.  How did we get so lucky?)

Jeter ties Lou Gehrig’s seventy-year record for hits as a Yankee.   (I don’t know enough about sports to blog about them, but when I see Jeter at bat, I can’t help but be appreciative.  Hurray, New York!)

Even Apple had something to contribute, with Steve Jobs making an appearance at an Apple conference, gaunt after his recent liver transplant, but full of sober gratitude.

I’m not in any way comparing the impact or importance of these events.  But there was something tremendously satisfying, even thrilling, about watching the footage of each of them,  all on the same evening.  Three guys doing their jobs so very well, but also with a workmanlike humility (even Steve Jobs);  three guys waiting through standing ovations, clearly moved at moments, then simply pushing ahead.   (Obama was probably a bit less moved by the ovations than Jobs or Jeter, the standing of congressman a form of literal posturing. )

Jeter’s modesty was especially impressive as he arrived at first base and  immediately bent to take off his shin protector.  Then, he seemed to quietly thank Tampa’s first basemen (who must have congratulated him), and then he simply waited as the crowd roared, twice raising his helmet, gently licking his lips, for the game to go on.

Jobs actually spoke of games in his interview, describing one of the new iPods as a video game device.  (Agh.)

And Obama, thankfully, delivered an opposite message, that the games about health care must stop.  (Though I was happy to hear him say it, I won’t hold my breath.)

9/09/09

Final added note:  I really hope that the substance of Obama’s speech does not get drowned in endless media discussion concerning the rudeness of  Republican Joe Wilson.     Unfortunately, 0ne can already hear it becoming the diversionary topic of the hour (or many many of them).