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This day, September 11, will always be a dizzying one for how it comes around on the calendar and slings us, willingly or not, back to that fateful day in world history. What better place to convene than at the concentric point of the dVerse Poets Pub and share our own histories?
Many of us have been writing blogs for several years and in doing so, keeping time capsules filled with thoughts and emotions of specific days. The prompt tonight will ask us to loop back around, open up one of these archives of a past September 11, and construct a new poem based on our findings. Extract a stand-out word, phrase, or an entire line and meditate on it for awhile. See if it evokes new images or senses reflecting your own transformation, but even if it does not, write a new free-form poem using the word or phrase from the past. If you do not have anything recorded from September 11, find writing from the same week or month, and if you’re relatively new to blogging you may have to scour old journals and diaries or documents from your computer to find that word(s) of particular interest.
Keep in mind that the poem you’ll write today does not have to carry heavy tragic themes or anything else “9/11” usually conjures up in the psyche. I want to see stylistic and tonal diversity in the poems you collectively submit. For context, you may also choose to link us back to the original piece of writing to which you’ll be alluding, but that is not necessary. However, please highlight the repeated word/phrase/line so we readers know what inspired your today piece, an archive for a future loop.
Have a look at the Ferlinghetti piece below that, in itself, revolves around our application of the airplane and that which “fill[s] the air.” The poem is germane to today, a day that asks us to remember the worst of humanity, and then the best.
I hope you’re not too dizzy yet, bar just opened!
History of the Airplane
by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
And the Wright brothers said they thought they had invented
something that could make peace on earth when their wonderful
flying machine took off at Kitty Hawk into the kingdom of birds
but the parliament of birds was freaked out by this man-made bird
and fled to heaven
And then the famous Spirit of Saint Louis took off eastward and
flew across the Big Pond with Lindy at the controls in his leather
helmet and goggles hoping to sight the doves of peace but he did not
even though he circled Versailles
And then the famous Flying Clipper took off in the opposite
direction and flew across the terrific Pacific but the pacific doves
were frighted by this strange amphibious bird and hid in the orient sky
And then the famous Flying Fortress took off bristling with guns
and testosterone to make the world safe for peace and capitalism
but the birds of peace were nowhere to be found before or after Hiroshima
And so then clever men built bigger and faster flying machines and
these great man-made birds with jet plumage flew higher than any
real birds and seemed about to fly into the sun and melt their wings
and like Icarus crash to earth
And the Wright brothers were long forgotten in the high-flying
bombers that now began to visit their blessings on various Third
Worlds all the while claiming they were searching for doves of
And they kept flying and flying until they flew right into the 21st
century and then one fine day a Third World struck back and
stormed the great planes and flew them straight into the beating
heart of Skyscraper America where there were no aviaries and no
parliaments of doves and in a blinding flash America became a part
of the scorched earth of the world
And a wind of ashes blows across the land
And for one long moment in eternity
There is chaos and despair
And buried loves and voices
Cries and whispers
Fill the air
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