Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Watching

She wakes to the sound of the phone ringing,
though it is not early. 
She should be up.
Her mother on the other line
only
says, Turn on the TV
Something about her mother’s voice tells her
she should also wake her husband. 
Together, they observe the second plane fly
into the second tower. 
In real time.  The reporters.
had been reporting on the first. 
Had not
expected this.  Their shock and confusion
exposed as they simultaneously
attempt
to report and sort out what they
are seeing.  As the girl watches, something
both unfamiliar and frightening
begins
to stir; it takes up residence
within
her womb. 
She is young, expecting her first child
but now something else kicks
inside her, as new and strange as the small fetus.
Innocence souring. 
All her beliefs
about how life should be

were on that plane.

4 comments:

  1. Oh wow. I just said that aloud as I finished reading. There are many truths in this poem and you tell them with power. Those last three lines are extraordinary in their knowledge.

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  2. Poignant and thoughtfully written. Those last few lines leave ones thoughts dizzied.

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