Dogs 2012

9/11 PLUS 11
(9/11/12)


I look
at the black
and white
print
of the NYC
night skyline
hanging
in my office

very classy

East River
Brooklyn Bridge
Empire State Building
World Trade Towers

beside it
is tacked
a photo
that I ripped
from a 2002
calendar
of almost
the same scene
but in color

in place
of the towers
are two
blue
spotlights

I knew
no one
personally
who died
upon their
collapse

still
I sense
loss

I was there
in 1984
for eight
months

I stood
at the base
of those monsters
on many occasions
in awed wonder
at their unforgiving
skyward thrust

I try
to imagine
all of that
mass
falling
to Earth

I can't

I plan
to go back
in 2014

to stand
looking down
at fountains
instead
of looking up
at buildings

and
I hope
to see
somewhere
in the water
a slight hint
of the past

of the terror

and an
inkling
of an answer
to it all