The Eye of the Fire, 9/11

The Eye of the Fire

The sky blue

Dresden London Manhattan

the firebrands the airplanes wayward

rise in the sky crazy suns fall

twisting and burning the planets the blue

skin of the buildings the churches

the towers the temples of trade

the people running innocent

the ones burning and fleeing always are innocent

fleeing the flames in the road in the alley the overfilled staircases

innocence always quicker to burn jumping and falling

not understanding the violent hand hasty to act but

trying to undo the image so many have seen and seen and rerun

the gash in the smooth face well-remembered well-photographed

the melting of steel the downfall of stone

that image fought back by the vision of eyes

needing no understanding

the gaze of humanity surpassing the warmth

of the eye of the fire of the sky.

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About politicswestchesterview

Nathaniel regards himself as a progressive Democrat who sees a serious need to involve more Americans in the political process if we are to rise to Ben Franklin's challenge "A republic, madam, if you can keep it," after a passerby asked him what form of government the founders had chosen. This blog gives my views and background information on the local, state, and national political scenes. My career in higher education was mainly in the areas of international studies, foreign languages, and student advising, most recently at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, from which I retired in 2006. I have lived in West Chester since 1986.
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