Now smoldering rubble of a twisted memorial to some misguided delusion of utter insanity
Twin Towers of high aspiration, upon their completion were dedicated
Lie now but a smoldering reminder of the bitter legacy of war's brutal and callous ambition
There's a cry across the tunnel to Jersey, Rachel and Muhammad weeping for our children
As believer and doubter lament with one voice, "My God, why have you forsaken us?"
* * * * * * *
From the burning carnage of chaos disorder emerge firefighters and police officers, nurses and longshoremen
Ballplayers and politicians, rabbis, priests and sinners, butchers and bakers, bankers and thieves
Wealthy capitalists and the broken wretched homeless, stock yard workers
and stock-exchange traders
Truckloads and boatloads, planeloads and trainloads, relief of supplies and volunteers pouring in
From great nations and cities and rustic rural farmlands, voices of support and condolence are heard
Those in the public limelight of entertainment and perception, do what they
can to ease the pain
And unlike previous catastrophes played out on the great ocean of human
Such immense outpouring of charity multiplies that supplies and helping hands are turned away
* * * * * * *
As her native poets sing, ¹ "like a bridge over troubled water", truly "there's a heart in New York" ²
And more than proud to be an American, for once I am proud of my race called Human Being. *
DEDICATED TO: The three friends of American poet Mattie Stepanek, who lost their lives in the tragedy of September 11th, 2001.
1. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel; The Concert In Central Park (1982).
2. Ibid ("A Heart In New York" by Benny Gallagher and Graham Lyle).
*FootNote: Inspired by eleven-year-old poet Mattie Stepanek, author of the best-selling books Heartsongs and Journey Through Heartsongs, who lost three of his personal friends in the tragedy of September eleventh; although confined by a wheelchair and supported by a ventilator as a result of a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy, Mr. Stepanek remains, in spite of his youth, one of modern America's premier poets and greatest citizens.