Sunday, September 11, 2011

POEM: "Philippe Petit, Twin Towers, NYC, 1974"

Philippe Petit, Twin Towers, NYC, 1974
                                              (Imaginary fragment: Sept. 11)

damn these towers high off the deck
check the anchorage over and over
winds howl the quick pure moment
only the act of one God could let this go
I recite my prayers and banish hubris
the last time high in the air a small bird
flew on to my wire I stilled it waited there
while I thought no-thing no-thing nothing
till it vanished with a slight vibration

© 2008 Rob Schackne

1 comment:

  1. OMG awesome photo, unexpected after reading the 'fragment' without it first — and, with my terror of heights, almost as heart-stopping as the sight of the Twin Towers falling.