In Memoriam – September 11, 2001

Climbing out from underground
ride a giant escalator
then turn right and right again
join the rush passed drug store chain

“National Bank of Who Knows Where”
flower carts and coffee vendors
through the great revolving doors
transported to the highest floors

when you enter, a surprise
Death is sitting in your chair.
“You didn’t know of our appointment?
Death is sorry but these things happen.”

“But what have I done? What share of blame?
I played no part in the Greatest Game
putting troops here, taking oil there!
I am innocent of such affair.”

“For the innocent no tear is shed
by the puppet masters pulling strings;
those tearless enemies of peace
have counted you among the dead.”

Did you kiss her on the cheek?
Say goodbye to your two kids?
Have your coffee, light no sugar
on this beautiful September morn?

Then fly with me now
for the sky is a color of blue
you’ve never seen
in your lover’s eyes.”



About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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6 Responses to In Memoriam – September 11, 2001

  1. beetleypete says:

    What a day that was!
    High time that the Saudis were held to account for that. They were undeniably the true culprits.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Gives me the chills. Well done.

    Liked by 1 person

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