On That Day

One of the most horrifying news photos from that day

The towers, a matched set, an invincible imprint

set against an Atlantic horizon,

immovable steel hemmed in by city planning.

Streets, vendors, subway lines, muggers,

offices, traffic lights, and schools.

Bipeds, quadrapeds, and no-peds.

Planes like arrows fly and pierce;

flames like wicked wings beat the air, and then they fall—

one by one, two with hands linked.

Silent the fall, inferno above and beyond

an innocent blue.

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20 Responses to On That Day

  1. sle says:

    Beautiful tribute. The memories are so surreal. So sad. And I didn’t lose a loved one. I cannot imagine the pain of those that did. And then again, perhaps we all lost loved ones – we are all one.

  2. Mitzi says:

    I remember watching the live footage on the massive screen in the conference room of the office I worked in at the time. It all seemed so surreal…still does. The images that flashed on the screen over and over will forever be embedded in my mind. Wonderful tribute.

  3. dorannrule says:

    A day of horror that “will live on in infamy.” And that photo of the Falling Man reminds us of the grim reality. There was a documentary (called The Falling Man) on today about the photographer who took that shot. He said he was just pointing and shooting and did not realize what he had captured until he processed the film about two hours later. Thanks for sharing…

    • I never heard that. We are so used to seeing movie stunts, it kind of doesn’t faze us until the recognition that this is real. What incredible pain of heart. What panic they must have felt. It so saddens me.

  4. snowbirdpress says:

    Thank you for this moving tribute. The whole event is so incomprehensible … even now… eleven years later, we are trying to get our heads around it all. In some way it has affected everyone in the whole world…

  5. Vinny Grette says:

    “Like” is the wrong verb in this case, But I am moved by the tribute.

  6. Mona says:

    I clicked “like” but how can I “like” this. It was a horrid day .. a day that has led to years of pain. I pray that someday our world will find its way toward peace … yet I doubt, deep in my heart, that this will happen. Is this the beginning of our end times? I don’t know. It might take a decade, or a century, or a thousand centuries. I do remember the horror I felt as I watched the planes consume the lives of so many people. I vowed on that day that my life would be different, that I would be a better person, but, of course, that hasn’t happened.

    • It probably has happened in ways that you aren’t aware. That day changed many. I also remember the Challenger disaster–how sobering the loss was. Given the news of the last few days, peace seems unlikely with man’s fallen nature, but we have no choice but to aim to be Kingdom people and do what we can personally. The global scale I will leave to God.

    • And as far as “Like”: I think another thing to press should be “Agree: But it hurts.”

  7. lucywilliamspoetry says:

    I still can’t believe it, so horrific and shocking.

  8. ly says:

    Will always remember.

  9. franczeka says:

    This seems to be to be very New-York-centric. But then the rest of the world has forgotten the other planes, so I guess it’s okay.

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