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Friday, September 09, 2011

Poetry Friday--9/11

We're coming up on the 10th anniversary of September 11. Death, destruction, and loss is a difficult subject, so people, including many non-poets, turn to poetry. What is too horrific to speak about out loud can be tackled through the concision of poetry.

I went looking for an appropriate 9/11 poem to share today and came across this one by Wislawa Szymborska (Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh, translators), the woman whose poetry I featured here last Friday!
Photograph for September 11

They jumped from the burning floors—
one, two, a few more,
higher, lower.

The photograph halted them in life,
and now keeps them
above the earth toward the earth.

Read the rest of this simple, yet powerful poem, here.
This week's Poetry Friday Round-Up is being held at Secrets & Sharing Soda.

Photo by Vinn.


  1. Very moving. When narratives fail, we turn to the halting wisdom of imagery evoked in poetry. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Wislawa Szymborska is one of my favorite poets. This one really packs a punch. Beautiful. Thanks for posting it.