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Orphan of the Towers

A poem inspired by a love for 9/11 literature

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Orphan of the Towers

Dust

Ash

Embers

Hopes

All things present

But slow dispanning

From my memory

As I run screaming, "Mommy! Daddy!"

People like pillars

Running into

Pounding into my body

Knocking into my shoulders

As if I got shot

So young

So fragile

So unaware

Every siren

Every whistle

Every scream

Echoing in my ears

I see trucks and people blaze by

In a hurdling mass of chaos

I hear in the screams

"The towers are coming down!"

I look to see a man falling

Falling like a meteor

I see him crash into the earth

A puff of dust comes off the landing

I'm sobbing so hard my tears cloud my vision

I get to where I need to be

But officers hold my fragile body back

There comes one, then two, then three

Fighting with all my might

To fight them

"My family is in there! Let me go!"

The chaos settles

The puff disappears

The tears grow stronger as they give up their fight

My body fell like the towers, as I knew I was now an orphan

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