Written in memory of those who perished on September 11, 2001


The sky opened its wide jaw
and the day came tumbling out.

Breath. Life everywhere blessed
with this vibrant buzz of breath.

The breath of love, of strength, cheer.
Life praising, innocent breath.

Strong shouldered and soft formed breath.
The foot-pounding-cement breath.

Lover leaving beloved breath;
that breath of soothing mother.

The impatient wait; the sigh
of lost time; expectant breath.

Subway and street crossing breath;
Marble and beam, workday breath.

Life breath cooling the first cup
of coffee, and then a smile.

The sky opened its wide jaw
that day, and our breathing stopped.

@Copyright 2002 TAWhite