six years after

amerika doesn’t celebrate
national holidays any
more––

we escape
realities with long
& longer
weekends.

911 happens to be
less than important enough
for one or more days
off––

but still, a media
op.

frankly new york is
scared–

choked-up at the fear of
working in tall buildings––
a fright that will last for
generations––

widowed wives
& widowers are still
screaming––

& the children of
the 911 dead
cannot lift their hearts
on this day
when the public is
afraid of shadows.

co-workers are
grieving––
waiting for the tears
of loss to come
& release them
from heavy
loss.

business
has moved on––
without words––
without ritual––
without memory––
too self-absorbed
to learn or experience
or feel a thing.

amerika will taste no
peace.