Time in America – The Twin Towers Monument

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On visiting the Twin Towers Memorial in September 2014

 

Their names have carved

These holes upon our universe

That will not

Be unmade

 

I touch my hand to the gap that is the space

In which their essence used to be

The sum of moments that they lived and breathed

 

These letters are

A sharp edged strange division in the Fabric

That is cast upon us for the passing years

In which they are no more

 

There are more people who visit –

Day to day

Standing, staring

Never forgetting –

 

Than those who were the victims

Of this space which now descends in rushing water

To the depths of futures we cannot foresee

 

So it is for those of us

Who meet them

Now that they are gone

 

They are but the footprints

Of their buildings

And the steel of lives

Who live no more

 

Yet there are more of us

Together

Unbeaten

Here

 

In a place that is the memory of another

Place

Which used to be

 

Those who seek

To break the human Spirit

Should first understand it.

 

The water will flow

Into the unseen

And we will watch

The droplets

 

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