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Sonnet: 9/11 Twenty Years Later

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Sonnet: 9/11 Twenty Years Later

by John Kendall Hawkins


They say you can still smell the acrid smoke

of buildings and people who've disappeared;

it lingers in the air like a compound ghost

that brings synesthesia -- you taste fire,

everyday hollers have borrowed purpose,

folks fall -- you see that French tightrope walker

between failing towers, and grow nervous --

avoid passing eyes twenty year later.

But you still don't understand what happened.

That trauma to history, memory,

like a shared punchdrunk dissociation

or lost, abstract intemporality.

We seem to be at the cusp of something

new, brave lights, or an event horizon.

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John Kendall Hawkins is an American ex-pat freelance journalist and poet currently residing in Oceania.

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