Monday, September 11, 2006


Ground Zero Today, Sunday New York Times Magazine, September 10, 2006

I wrote the following poem several months after the event that changed all of us forever.

We’re All Born Naked
thoughts after 9/11

People are the issue
crudely beautiful
we temper intelligence
with obsession and fear

Build dreams on recycled
foundations aspire to bold heights
transformative possibilities
variations on ancient creeds

The poetry of patterning
woven in caustic silence
the resonance of thunder
the force of wind

We cling to the planet
standard earthly forms
playing eccentric roles
the face of violence
concealed within our genes



paris parfait said...

Beautiful, powerful poem! I will print this out - really well done; it just says so much about the human condition and our capacity for violence - and for good.

beccabee2005 said...

"We temper intelligence with obsession and fear."

How sadly true this is. I second Tara's opinion - a powerful poem, with many difficult truths about tha nature of humanity.

Visual-Voice said...

your poems never cease to impress and amaze me!