A 9/11 Poem

As time passes, more and more of us will be too young to remember, to have the experience of 9/11 as a shared one, in real time. Pivotal events for some become historical events for others. The reality, though, is that we are all affected by the changed world those events have created. That fact prompted this poem. I send it in remembrance of  September 11, 2001.

So Hard to Remember

By Barbara Novack, Molloy's Writer-in-Residence

So hard to remember
the day before
before it all changed
in a flash
of fire
of pain
of loss.
The level land
of ordinary
its slight bumps and grooves
seeming so high, so low
became a craggy mountain,
a sheer cliff
a deep, deep abyss
and we fell
flailing
that fear imprinted
forever.


So hard
to remember
before.

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