September 11, 2001

09-11-01I wrote this during the first week of the 9/11/2015 tragedy. At the time, I lived in an effected New Jersey. In northern New Jersey, people saw the World Trade Center collapse live. Many New Jersey people had family or knew of friends I lived in southern New Jersey, where unclaimed cars remained in train parking lots/

Pilot Terror

By Kathy Powers
September 2001

Infinite reports immerse my senses,
Colossal towers melt to charred rubble,
Mighty radio transmitters relay immutable silence
Abandoned cars populate parking lot cemeteries.

A voiceless nation mutely scrambles,
Prepares never-used trauma stations,
Collects unneeded blood and organs:
Powdered remains need no nourishment.

Skyjackers, people-erasers expunge
Big Apple’s workforce to DNA dust.
Vapors spew acrid breath over
Body-part raindrops.

Tacit pandemonium watchers, struck dumb in awe,
Monitor newspeak and comprehend not,
Why terrorists airbrush NYC’s skyline in
Smoldering, sooty, steely, smoked down.

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About Kathy Powers
Advocacy is my therapy. Chicago, IL

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