One Year Later
A year after 9/11, we still inhale the dust of our dead--
read NY Times portraits of a Springsteen fan,
lasagna home cooking specialist, a woman
who would do anything for family & friends--
still mourn our losses one by one,
it should be, here & everywhere.
Yet expressing low-level radioactive concern for innocent deaths
America has brought atomic rebuke
cosmopolitan circles larger than expected:
When those towering guardians of our skyline psyches collapsed
3,000 innocent and experienced souls were crushed,
dove deep into the blue mourning pool
with empathetic swimmers all across America,
trying to keep a backstroke going, balanced
a weightless hope & a sprint of despair.
But no matter what they say on those 24/7 right-wing talk shows,
just don't think we honor our dead
inventing new generations of mini-nukes
& thermobaric bombs to suck the air from caves, launching
prime-number series of pre-emptive wars
designing carnavoric computer programs to chew up private letters,
registering a million roving urban snitches to spy
neighbors from Orwellian TV repair trucks.
Is it blasphemous now to advocate new foreign policies
bloodsoaked terror across the board
the plague of weapons sales across the globe
ending Cold War-born hypocrisies that describe "our" terrorists
freedom fighters, our deathsquad dictatorships
We who call for more democratic & humane foreign policies
make America more loved and just
not blaming this beautiful land & people
for a mass murder unjustifiable, just including America in
the rest of the species, full of generous medicinal spirits
countless historic noble acts,
as well as cancerous murders almost too painful to recall.
extending the generous and the noble
one acceptable way to honor our dead?
Eliot Katz, NYC