Ground Zero: 4 Weeks On
burning acrid insidious
the space surrounding City Hall empty,
police standing idle patrolling
plain clothes on the grand steps
with cell phone.
Barricades separating the life of the city
from the ruins of death
the skyline punctured
pilings twisted girders warped
cranes stretching earth movers shunting
buildings still standing damaged
corners smashed away
sides pitted windows empty
a landmark church blackened.
Soldiers control pedestrian traffic
New Yorkers gaze in silence
from one intersection to the next
cameras collecting memorials
the dislocation continuous.
post cards, memorial ribbons, flags.
Large trucks lumber by
their cargo the detritus of evil
while life revives
the small acts of the ordinary
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