Sunday, September 11, 2011

Faith-Based Initiative

Trade Center

Minute by minute the emergency metastasized
into black-hole disaster, collapsing into, unto itself,
its algebraic increments detonating exponentially.
The reactionary tabloids saw Satan’s face frozen
for a moment in the smoke, missing the big picture,
the triumph of ideas over disproportionate force:
an infinitesimal investment in offense precisely
applied to yield infinite collateral dividends.
The dominoes still fall through the economy,
the fallout deforms the very genome of democracy.
A terrible myth has arisen from the stricken city,
a symbol which will outlive anything we recognize.


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