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Something I wrote 10 years ago in the moment. I wanted to Archive it here and thought it might be appropriate to revisit in light of recent events.

 

Dust

 

A dirty blanket

of grey grit smothers

the mangled, broken bodies

of the unsuspecting

and coats crippled humanity,

stumbling from the rubble.

 

This dust buries

our innocence and exposes

deceit and violence.

It hampers rescue

and dulls

the senses of a nation.

Yet we wade through

to take care of our own.

 

We will remove

the filth and debris

from the streets of New York

and from the dark

corners of the world,

wherever cowardice is harbored

and treachery is honored.

And when the dust has settled

we will shake it

from our souls and move on.

---------------- --- Judi Van Gorder 9/12/01

 

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The 'dust' imagery gave focus to the message. A heartfelt poem, but the belief that life could be cleansed was expressed with a hardened conviction. The final two lines in particular reinforced that positive and resilient voice.

 

badge

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Agree with Badge on the effectiveness of "dust," Tink. An impassioned message, revisited a decade later.

 

Tony

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Thanks Badge and Tony, I am sure there are millions of poem written about that day. I can still remember the image on TV of people covered in soot and dust scuffling away from the scene. The dust was so thick that they all looked alike, everything was covered with it. Even on the West Coast we felt the blow and although I didn't get up and dance when I heard the news bin Laden was dead, I remember thinking "Finally we got him!" and felt closure.

 

~~Tink

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2nd last line there's a typo -- good job though. :)

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