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A Normal Tuesday Morning September 11 2001
by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner

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the day begins...sun rises.
clear cool crisp (nip in the air
(a perfect fall morning) (leaves
beginning to change). (it's a
beautiful morning in new
york city--a great day
to be alive!). alarm clocks
ring/buzz/chirp (good morning! rise
and shine!!). people awaken
normal routine: exercise,
bathe shower, get dressed, get the
kids ready, eat breakfast, drink
coffee juice milk coke (gotta
get the blood flowin!!) let the
dog cat out, read the paper
mail magazine check e-mail
schedule, let the dog cat back
in, feed them, watch the news (ain't
nothin much happenin), pay
bills mail letters...say goodbye
...the last time we say goodbye...

drive carpool walk take taxi
bus subway to work airport,
drop kids off at school daycare
babysitter's)...A NORMAL

suddenly events unfold
rapidly horribly world
trade center north tower an
accident (what the hell???) --NEWS
BULLETIN--plane crash (planes fly
around buildings all the time)
(terrible tragedy) (oh
my GOD) another plane has
deliberately (did you
guys see that?) (the sumbitch just
flew into the tower!!) runs
(slams) into tears (knifes) thru
the south tower world trade
center (dammit we're under
attack) (no way man not here)
(BUT IT IS HERE) fireball
smoke debris pieces of white
paper (looks like confetti)
pieces of the building and
people are jumping falling
(CAN'T WATCH) survivors wounded
bleeding burned in shock fire
fighters police ems
enter the towers (asking,
"how many inside? injured?
dead?") no way to know...the south
tower suddenly falls and
collapses pancakes dust ash
(looks like a volcanic cloud
erupting) panic running
screaming...the pentagon hit
another plane crash (i can't
believe this) fear (where is the
president) north tower falls
dust plume skies dark (where am i)
(can't see) an airplane crash near
pittsburgh there are reports of
a hijacking and struggle
between captors passengers
heroic efforts save white
house, all lost on board...all of
the domestic flights grounded
stranding millions...phones don't work
panicking looking for loved
ones (where are they?) (have you seen
them?) (are they alive?) (are they
injured?) (are they...dead? did they
suffer?) tears hugs grief...watching
the news nothing else on (all
channels the same) images
shown over and over and
over sear into our hearts
and minds (i don't think i will
ever sleep good again) (this
is the stuff of nightmares)...we
ask questions (who is the one
responsible??) (why did they
attack us?) this is too hard...
(unimaginable) to
understand...we can't fathom
the hatred that they felt in
order to attack (or the
anger we feel in return)
(incomprehensible) (this
is reprehensible) (DON'T
UNDERSTAND)...our prayers feelings
of incredible sadness
(shock) (horror) because we are
all affected in some way.


second revision of this poem, written in
fragmented form. i'm sure all of us had
one or more of these thoughts running
thru our minds on 9-11. may God bless
us all. :(

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Reviewed by Debbie Edmiaston
What a perfect description of Sept. 11. I didn't think there were words that could describe it but yours did. I don't think anyone will ever forget the horror and excruciating sadness....
Great job, Karla. {{{hugs}}}
Reviewed by Mari Laureano (Reader)
the stuff of nightmare indeed. I lived it...felt its ashes fall on me...will never be the same...nice tribute. **Mari**
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
perfect description of the feelings ALL americans (and the world) felt that tragic tuesday day! may we NEVER forget!! love, your twin, karen lynn. ((((HUGS))))
Reviewed by Sandie Angel
I just know how you feel, I had the same feelings. I also had nightmares for the next few days. One of my nightmares had been documented in another site:

<a href=">

You can also go there to look for my other stories by typing in "sandie angel" in the search box to look for all contributions. I have two stories in there.

But the above link was to the nightmare that I had directly following to the September 11th incidence. I'm sure a lot of us had nightmares over this.

Sandie Angel :o(

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