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An Apple For My Dad
by F William (Bill) Broome

Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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An Apple For My Dad

I tell my Dad it’s for his lunch
handing him a big red apple
He puts it into his briefcase
to say I am the apple of his eye
He leans to kiss my forehead
and I hug his neck tight like
He says his Tuesday meeting
will make him late getting home
It is 7:40 and I hustle to make
it to my school class at 8:05
The first hour passes swiftly but
a few minutes into the next hour
my whole world is blown away in
dust-filled death and destruction
The first airplane is followed by
the second crashing Twin Towers
My stomach knots as I retch
seeing both buildings fall
And tears fill both eyes realizing
that my apple would never be a part
of the lunch wished for my Dad

F William Broome 2002-10


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Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 9/10/2008
Bill, you left me with a lump in my throat. Powerful, sad...written the way it was...and still is, for many.
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 9/10/2008
powerful write-well penned
Reviewed by Felix Perry 9/10/2008
Moving and gut wrenching poem that sadly captured the way all too many felt that day.

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