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Washington's Tears

June 26, 2012
By otherpoet SILVER, Wayland, Massachusetts
otherpoet SILVER, Wayland, Massachusetts
6 articles 9 photos 254 comments

Favorite Quote:
"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone." - Audrey Hepburn

by one
by one by one
by far too many
slopes of stone and steel
fill the sheltered basin.
They defile broken gravel,
and eclipse the illuminated pools of stilled water,
while out into space,
they stretch until disappearing from sight,
like an airplane shrinking
smaller and smaller
before devoured by the hungry horizon.
A maze of names
turns to a graveyard of family
and lovers,
whose eyes witnessed their final blast,
and a decade later,
their bones are nothing more than tree limbs,
in dusk’s fragile gale.

The author's comments:
The 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Washington DC inspired me to write this poem. I remember the emptiness I felt looking at all the benches lit up in as dusk fell. It was an overwhelming sight.

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on Jan. 4 2013 at 2:01 pm
kate_anne PLATINUM, Cedartown, Georgia
41 articles 7 photos 9 comments

Favorite Quote:
Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.
-Stephen King

It's kind of difficult to read. Like midway through I felt like I could have stopped and been ok with the rest of my life.