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911: AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER

WTC 1999

New York City. An ordinary day. An ordinary tourist
From the Statue of Liberty to the WorldTradeCenter
So much to see, so little time. So I haste my pace.
I'm on Top of the World now,
overlooking the city, realizing a dream.
Now I'm down at the square.
My back on a bench, my feet are swollen-what a day!
As I devour a hot dog over small talk
My hand, held high, plays with the Twin Towers.
Under a clear blue sky ... I feel happy.

WTC 2001

Noise. Darkness. Chaos. Silence.
Steel tumbles as the rage builds up.
I wish my hand could stop the Towers from falling.
But all I can do is raise my voice
To pray for the victims
To denounce the cowards.

I must be calm, but I'm angry
I must be confident, but I'm frightened.
I will not take justice in my hand
But I will hope for justice till the end of times.

© 2001 Carlos A. Ledesma Castaneda.

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