Remembering 9/11

Joni Mitchell’s throaty version of Yeats’
“Second Coming” floats up from the glass
Still Hudson River over Nyack’s antique houses
To the hospital which Nurse Peggy said
The 9/11 hijackers used as compass and tool
As they picked their way down our bright
September morning song
To murder Manhattan…


Before “America the Beautiful” hit the charts

Nativist politicians were perfecting their art

The Know-Nothing Party roamed the land

Gifs and memes in drifting sand

Hating the Irish, Italians too

Ship of state sailed with a Protestant crew

Bible the core in every school

Ignoring slavery, the Golden Rule

charles mccullagh

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