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Author Name: Freealiopterix 4 Comments
Date Added: January 08, 2012 07:01:36 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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Transatlantic Pathos

Transatlantic Pathos


I remember that afternoon disbelief

Stunned silence from those silent witness

To tragedy pain - - stress such distress

Perpetrated by monsters no relief

Too painful to contemplate the cost

Watch in horror those there wandering

Wondering of loved ones pondering

Shaking heads empty eyes wholly lost

Commentators pause in sadness trying

To relay information sketchy at best

Tears held in check -- throats cleared

Poignant pregnant pause reverence

Someone has to help process bathos

Hiroshima memory eclipsed -- pathos

Author's Notes:
David's excellent and moving poem on the World Trade Center stirred up memories in me that I thought lay dormant.  As I began to type I realised that the events of 9-11 are as raw to me now as they were then...
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Comment By: FreeDirk Kruger on January 9, 2012 08:05:34 AM Report
it was 10 to 3 in the afternoon when a guy 2 shops from me ran into my shop and said - you must come and have a look here, a plane flew into the twin towers -i laughed and said what have you been drinking, that's how unrealistic the whole scenario was, and then the world died - good writing my friend

Comment By: FreeDean on January 8, 2012 11:44:29 AM Report
Indeed a very sad and very real, yet, will remain raw for years. One particular scene always makes me numb -- the man who jumped from the 80th floor! What was he thinking, and what made him to come to that decision? Did he really think he would survive, or did he want to enjoy the last seconds of his life, flying free and taking the last sip! ~Dean
Comment By: FreeGraham Jones on January 8, 2012 10:06:03 AM Report
A sad time for all those touched by this terrible event that even now still affects so many lives and will long continue to do so, your words as heartfelt as they are but scratch the surface yet convey the horror and disbelief we all felt on that awful day, a touching poem indeed~Graham.
Comment By: FreeFirestone Feinberg on January 8, 2012 08:39:01 AM Report
I will spare you from hearing some stories of that day New York and the world collapsed.  I have quite a few.  We knew one boy who was killed.  The other stories are just as sad -- pathos  -- like you say.  It was a hollow time in NY -- nobody understood it.  Life has never really returned to what it was.  The end of the Towers was not only a real and terrible tragedy: it was a symbol...  Of a new, even more dangerous world -- a threat of things to come -- an end to a dream.  Your poem shows good form...  we see -- from without -- how the structure of things allows a way toward freedom.  Always a paradox.  I am sorry and I am not sorry to have stirred up memories.  We can't forget.  We remember.  It was an awful time.  --David


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