9/11 TRIBUTE

Written on the day that I saw my childhood sweetheart’s photo and bio in the NYT, listed as one of those who died in the towers.  In memory of John Cruz…

RED, WHITE, BLUE AND BRUISED

By Jane Ashen Turkewitz

Brothers and sisters cloaked in Red death.

Towering  sentinels  smoldering  in White ash.

A Blue spirit  frozen  in  time.

A Trojan Horse upon our soil.

Insidious  and indiscriminate,

Impregnating  our soul.

Stars and stripes comfort, but don’t assure

Salty  tears of despair, fear and ire.

A nation in mourning

Seeking justice and then peace.

A fierce determination

Born from destruction  and death.

United we stand

Bruised and berated.

United we stand

Red, White and Blue.

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