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September To Remember – 9/11 Tribute

Magda Michalska 11 September 2016 min Read

It’s been 15 years already.

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Banksy, New York, 2013

 

They jumped from the burning floors—
one, two, a few more,
higher, lower.
The photograph halted them in life,
and now keeps them
above the earth toward the earth.
Each is still complete,
with a particular face
and blood well hidden.
There’s enough time
for hair to come loose,
for keys and coins
to fall from pockets.
They’re still within the air’s reach,
within the compass of places
that have just now opened.
I can do only two things for them—
describe this flight
and not add a last line.
Wisława Szymborska, “Photograph from September 11” from Monologue of a Dog. Copyright © 2005 by Wisława Szymborska.
Richard Drew, The Falling Man, 11/9/2001.
Richard Drew, The Falling Man, 11/9/2001.

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