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Life Arts    H4'ed 9/13/20

Poem written on 9/11/2001

The Kneeling Fireman
The Kneeling Fireman
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WHAT HAS EVOLVED?

We may think instrumentation,

marveling at those skeletal arms of tattered metal

arthritically trembling toward the harshness of blue late summer sky

like a witch melted to a pool of bones

Our new Titanic has been blasted by blasphemy

but our statue remains: the true spirit behind the pseudo-Babel;

and all those souls bowed to their real icon, life

and dared us to continue climbing up the charred metal

knowing how many lives there are to give for freedom

I look through to them through the living

in thanks

though the foe is still unknown

the martyrs are clear

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Thanks, Marta!!

though the foe is still unknown

the martyrs are clear

19 years later, still true...well, the foes are not totally "unknown" at this point, but they are not completely proven yet...and whether or not they are brought to justice by our own legal system in this life, they will face their own inescapable and well deserved karma at some point.

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Thanks MAB!

your unique insights are priceless!

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Right on, Meryl,

My we all study the law of karma! (We intuitively "study" the law of gravity to prevent problems...).

BTW - Would you kindly send me a message? I'd like to have a way to reach you if I have a question in the future?

Thank you.

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THANKS DEAR MARTA. Hope you and yours are safe and well

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Dear Sheila,

We're all fine, as far as I know. My family is in Switzerland and I haven't heard from

them in a week, but no news is good news. How are you? Stay safe!

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though the foe is still unknown
the martyrs are clear

Good lines, but more emotion than understanding. Concerning the "foe," I can only wonder what the author is referring to, but to me the foe are the people in all nations, factions, groups, who devote their lives to excessive wealth and power, beyond the modest aspirations of the bulk of humanity, who only want to live a reasonable life on their own scale, experience a loving family, raise good children, and do a good job in exchange for the monies required for such goals.

Thus, to me, "foes" include many people in our own country who have decided that their own lust for wealth and power is more important than the human rights of any other living entity on the planet, both flora and fauna.

Concerning the term "martyr," I again wonder what the author has in mind. If it's the simple minded idea propagated by the mass media, I object to the term. The victims of 9/11 are not martyrs in the usual meaning of the term. If they are, anyone who dies as the result of a murderously aggressive act is a martyr, including victims of muggings and victims of drug disputes in the inner city. I don't understand how popular consciousness is so successfully defined by politicians seeking self gratification, resulting in such distortion in the meaning of words. What can be said of a population that falls for the schemes of politicians that are so blatantly self serving?

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Hi and thank you for your cogent reactions.

I stand by what I wrote. Tragedy is tragedy. I am a 9/11 truther. And a lifelong poet.

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Hi Marta,

After 19 years, much research on this terrible event has been done. If you wish to look deeply at the event and its profound repercussions, I can recommend Globalresearch.ca, 911truth.org, and the books Crossing the Rubicon by Michael Ruppert and The New Pearl Harbor Revisited by David Ray Griffin.

Almost 20 years later, many, many people are still in denial (or too distracted to bother) about the realities of this operation.

After doing my own in depth research, I view 9/11 as America's very own Reichstadt Fire.

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The mandate for the 9/11 Commission was to find out why we were attacked and to understand it so that we are not attacked again. In my view, it failed miserably in that goal. The Commission's "accomplishment" was to re-affirm US belligerence and exploitation of other peoples, to re-establish an attitude of self righteousness, and to condemn all others who don't like the way we want to run the world, falsely claiming it was a hate for our way of life. Well, if our way of life requires the exploitation of other peoples' human rights, then I myself condemn such an egregious moral ethos.

In the results of the Commission, the collusion between government and the Corporate/Banking sector is obvious. The outcome is what we see now, several trillions of dollars wasted, millions of refugees created, rivers of blood from millions of human beings, the disgust and condemnation from the vast majority of the nations on the planet, and the election of a demagogue that the nation as a whole truly deserves.

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