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11 September 2001 USA Let Freedom Reign

New York City Today

The Days That Follow: Stories © Transom – A Showcase and Workshop for New Public Radio

 

Let Freedom Reign Made Blind

by Paul Tylor
September 11, 2001

 

Three giant birds: Heronasaurus Rex,
Confused and made blind by ambition,
Crashed headfirst into sturdy trees,

Up in which lots of happy children played
In tree huts they all had made by hand.
A fourth bird dove into a field.

All these crashes were so unimpeded
That the birds’ bodies turned inside out;
Their pink, tubular innards bared;

And their classic shapes so badly damaged,
Not even the day’s buzzards knew them.
And all the precious kids were killed.

Their familiar huts were disassembled,
Their confused parents will cry forever,
Wondering how well-made huts failed.

The ornithologists and bird-watchers
Frowned and shook their heads in disbelief,
Vowing to find out someday, “Why?”

 


 

Let Freedom Reign

September 11, 2001

by Walter Hölbling

 

decades
of hollywood nightmares
suddenly come true

a spectacular scenario
ruthlessly stages
destruction and death
in real life

televised globally
in brilliant colors
   nauseating replay

the jetliner
   slamming into the tower
smoke fire debris collapse
suffocating clouds of dust
the smoldering rubble
    five stories high
that was the world trade center
the unquenchable fire
    at the pentagon
the hole in the ground
    in a forest near pittsburgh

those who can
cry out in horror
and flee the scene

tens of thousands die
in unheard agony

their silences
echo around the world

chilling monuments
to the potential of humankind
to wreak havoc
in cold blood

once again
we become aware
that peace
means
more than hard
work

 


 

Let Freedom Reign The First War

by Martha Cinader
Friday, September 14, 2001

We tread today the sacred ground
of the ancestors of this land
asking not what have we done
hearing not the bell which has tolled
but the endless grinding of a machine.

’Til now.

And now it rings beyond control;
its message beyond meaning,
its mold beyond repair.

Those who know intimately the story
will try to write the end;
preaching fire and destruction,
blaming the voiceless,
exhorting our basest instincts to rise.

But we walk among astral figures
entreating us to listen
to the piercing tones of love
shattering the void

to share our dinner with a hungry child
to plant and nurture a fruit bearing tree
to have the patience of the ages

to see before us
not a vision of vengeful hellfire
but the bright rays of hope
that shine both night and day.

 


 

Let Freedom Reign Sally

by Gabriele Pötscher

 

Sitting on the stained and dusty
Once pinkish, now slowly greying
Shag rug of this old man’s living room
Thinking idly
Time to vacuum,
I fiddled with remote control
Wanting “Sally” and her guests
Who
With luck
Would attack
Each other
Tear hair
Or gouge their bright red fingernails
Down each other’s made-for-TV faces.
Instead of Sally on the screen
Strange smoke
Unexplained
Cushioning like a pillow
From a tall building
Its dirty greyness
In stark contrast to the bright blue sky.
And then surprise.
From right to left
In perfect line
And undiminished speed
A plane
Arching itself towards a second block
Becoming on impact a plume of wondrous
Smoke.
Cries of shock
Surprise
While I
Waiting for Sally
Observe
Against my will
Falling bodies
Pants legs fluttering
Ties blown upward
On descent
To lower Manhattan.
I peer at my own legs
Still anchored here
To the worn and scratchy rug
The old man I’ve come to see
At my back
Grumbling
What are we having to eat?
Turn off the TV
Pay attention to me.
They’ll be showing it all day anyway.

 


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