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Contributor Series 1: 9/11, September Morn


09.14.09 Posted in Contributor Series 1, today's words by

Contributor Series 1: 9/11
September Morn
By Sandra Forte
(written September 11, 2001, when the writer found herself contemplating September Morn, a painting suggestive of innocence by French artist Paul Chabas and exhibited in Paris in 1912)

In the unspoiled country
time stops
for a bather innocent of evil
to luxuriate in the dawn
of a new day.
Across the river
time tunelessly ticks in the city.
A bather steps onto a blue bath mat
A child packs snacks in his Batman bag
A father sips a second cup of coffee
A mother sighs as her child climbs the yellow school bus
A man rushes down subway steps two at a time
A teacher takes attendance as students whisper
A dog lifts a leg on his favorite hydrant
A restaurant worker switches the sign to open
A street washer cleans the gutters on Wall Street
A firefighter greets a coworker at Engine Company 12

A worker presses the button for the 102nd floor
A plane flies through tower number 2
The clock stops at [8:45].
Back in the unspoiled country
the bather weeps.
Innocence drowns.

Sandra Forte’s poetry (Historical Pain) has appeared in vox poetica in 2009.



One Response to “Contributor Series 1: 9/11, September Morn”

  1. Rae says:

    This poem made my chest hurt. It is an amazing catalogue of peace, shattered so suddenly in the second stanza. Artfully constructed in its attention to detail, it’s one of the best 9/11 poems I’ve ever seen.

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