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Sitting to Praise


I am sitting down at my kitchen table

to write a praise poem

for the people of my country–– 

the people and the oceans––

some of the people,

the oceans future-cleansed.

I am sitting to celebrate the way Americans

have responded since 9/11

by recognizing the value of each human life––

only that's not what really happened.

But it happened for many Americans,

so I'm celebrating you––

you know who you are.



[Originally published in NHS 2006, http://www.poetspath.com/napalm/nhs06/Katz.htm.]