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9.11

I’ve been going back and forth on what to post today. Actually that’s a lie I’ve been going back and forth trying to decide whether to censor what I want to post or not. I’m going with not.

I think there’s a way in which 9.11 is remembered like the Oklahoma City Bombing never is. Which if you recall until 9.11 was the biggest terrorist act on American soil. And I think a lot of that has to do with it being foreign brown folks rather than an American White Man which makes it scarier somehow. Now having said that both acts were horrible and I mourn for the tremendous loss of life but we should never forget the politics that surround 9.11

So I’m reposting a poem Ani DiFranco wrote about 9.11 called:

Self-Evident (you can listen to it read here)

yes,
us people are just poems
we’re 90% metaphor
with a leanness of meaning
approaching hyper-distillation
and once upon a time
we were moonshine
rushing down the throat of a giraffe
yes, rushing down the long hallway
despite what the p.a. announcement says
yes, rushing down the long stairs
with the whiskey of eternity
fermented and distilled
to eighteen minutes
burning down our throats
down the hall
down the stairs
in a building so tall
that it will always be there
yes, it’s part of a pair
there on the bow of noah’s ark
the most prestigious couple
just kickin back parked
against a perfectly blue sky
on a morning beatific
in its indian summer breeze
on the day that america
fell to its knees
after strutting around for a century
without saying thank you
or please

and the shock was subsonic
and the smoke was deafening
between the setup and the punch line
cuz we were all on time for work that day
we all boarded that plane for to fly
and then while the fires were raging
we all climbed up on the windowsill
and then we all held hands
and jumped into the sky Continue reading