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Anniversary [Sep. 11th, 2006|01:42 pm]
Tony Grist
It's too early.

9/11 was an incident in a story that hasn't ended yet. 

I have opinions, but today doesn't seem the right time to air them.

Here's the poem I wrote at the time


SEPTEMBER 11, 2001

Peace is the biggest and best. She’s blonde
And stripped to her wide, white hips. Athena
Strong-arms Mars from the scene. We don’t need him
Here where Peace is jetting the milk
At her hungry kiddie (that’s us). A panther
Rolls at her feet with its paws in the air.

That’s how Rubens imagined her
In some gap, I suppose, of the idiot war,
Generations long, that screwed with his Europe
Of Protestant and Catholic.
But in my dream she was wearing a dress
Of soft, plush velvet the colour of dust
That the rain has settled. Her hair was abundant
And red like fawnskin..

All night I sought her,
Searching through halls with classrooms off them,
Libraries with books stacked high,
And cafeterias where boys and girls
Drank coffee and conversed as friends.
She had called me sweetheart and held my head
To her chest. I was desperate. I couldn’t find her.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-09-11 02:51 pm (UTC)
At the end of the story there will be a new world...
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[User Picture]From: haikujaguar
2006-09-11 01:06 pm (UTC)
Such a beautiful poem, to be so desperately sad. Thank you for sharing it with us.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-09-11 02:43 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you like it.
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[User Picture]From: haikujaguar
2006-09-11 04:50 pm (UTC)
It is the last line that makes it poignant. Last lines are so important.
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From: beiderbecke
2006-09-11 01:44 pm (UTC)
i'm in new york now, and the thing about the memorial is i feel as though most people have moved on, and the rest of the nation keeps beating a dead horse.
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[User Picture]From: intotheraw
2006-09-11 02:16 pm (UTC)
I am in Iowa, so I am rather removed from it all, but how can we commemorate an anniversary when it is beaten into our faces every day?

9/11 was an incident in a story that hasn't ended yet.
If only our (US) government understood this...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-09-11 02:46 pm (UTC)
Official commemorations are always hijacked by politicians wanting to put their spin on things.

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[User Picture]From: rosamicula
2006-09-11 03:24 pm (UTC)
Superb.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-09-11 04:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: baritonejeff
2006-09-11 03:36 pm (UTC)

Of soft, plush velvet the colour of dust

evocative and lovely
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-09-11 04:42 pm (UTC)

Re: Of soft, plush velvet the colour of dust

Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-09-11 09:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

This is what I felt at the time- and I find it's what I still feel five years on.

We have had something very precious taken away from us.
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