Another 9/11

20 years later
On September 10th
The memorials begin

And I can't surf the wreckage
Of another tower
Or count the ashes 
Of lives sacrificed
In a Pennsylvania field again

We've been here before

Tomorrow I will remember
The moment the second plane hit
And how frantic I was to hold my daughter
Because I still could
On that day full of so much losing
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Used to it

I didn't get over losing you easy,
Your name still a whisper under my tongue.
I woke up today counting the years of it
On my fingers: 26 without you.

This year is different.  
Now, I am the last of us,
Our once large family 
that filled a station wagon
Gone.  
I'm all that's left,
The curator of a collection
Few come to visit,
Though I wait for guests,
Dusting off what's special
And smiling at the rest.
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Wrapped in the flag

Dressed like lady liberty
Raising a plastic torch
That never burns

You riot for America

Sedition swaddled comfortably
In the flag

So you can call it patriotism
If patriots can't lose
Without spilling blood or tears

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Yhe vice president
got vaccine today
while the tally crawled
over 300,000

The vice president
got a shot in the arm
while evictions hover
& utility bills climb

The vice president
mourns the economy
more than the dead
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Pandemic winter

Finally the snow comes
To cover over what's raw
The naked dirt of fresh graves

Though we still live.
The plumes of breath escaping masks prove it.
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Lessons from the black death

This breath
Is for always

This heart, too
Never ticks down
Like an unwinding watch

Until it does
Because everything stops

Eventually

Immortality the lie
We whisper to ourselves
The moment before sleep
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Why is it


to inspire
my poetry

someone is either a lover
or dead?

Thank the universe
I have no dead lovers.

Yet.

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