Friday, May 06, 2011

September 11 2001

This footage beats the worst of Hollywood
a sudden bloom of cancerous fire
and smoke, the beating of a million black wings

Obsessively we watch the symbol of the modern dream
collapse in stark fragility, a house of cards;
the highest order falls to fiery hate

And you my sister, brandishing that scarf
‘I’m here,’ balancing height and heat
until you chose the sheer sharp flight

We can not see the rush of startled souls
not hear the too long groans of pain and fear
until sweet sleeping death crept over them

Ah yes! you’ll be avenged! More sons
will die, more mothers scream and raise their hands
to an avenging God.  We cannot stop the world.

It has to be like this. We’re only human after all.
This is reality - not film.     Justice and reason -
that’s just a childish dream. Think what you’re told to think.

© Richard Lawson 13/11/01


Anonymous no.6 said...

Hope you're still enjoying the sun Doc. Got to be better than spending time on the interweb.

What can we do about those tossers in Syria? I've heard some horrific stuff is going on and almost everyone is ignoring it.

zenegra said...
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DocRichard said...

Spam deleted.
Thanks, anon6.
Syria, Yemen, Bahrein, Libya, and all the other oppressors that we never hear about.
The UN needs a framework of penalties that will apply to rulers who attack their own people. With each day that passes, I find it bitterly ironic that the Dealing with Dictators motion was slung out of Green Party Conference without a balanced debate.

Anonymous No.6 said...

yes, not good Doc.

Chin up. Onwards and upwards.