Poetry: Tuesday 9/11/01 by Lucille Clifton
thunder and lightning and our world
is another place no day
Song In My Head: Ashes of American Flags by Wilco
Quote: “Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11.” – President Barack Obama
Anywhere But Here: Wherever you are, take a moment to go outside, look at the sky, and reflect on how we got here.
Consider the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and how much they changed our lives permanently.
Then consider where we are now. The COVID-19 death toll in the United States.
The equivalent of 64.5 9/11s. A 9/11 every three days or so.
This isn’t to suggest one tragedy is more tragic than another, but rather to consider how we’ve become desensitized to tragedy. Once again, our lives have changed permanently. We’ve learned to live with loss on a scale that was unimaginable only a year ago. Some don’t give it a second thought. Others think it’s fake. At the very least, we’ve all built a new normal around it.
Nineteen years ago, nearly 3,000 Americans were killed in a terrorist attack. Those responsible (and countless more who weren’t) were swiftly held accountable. As of today, 192,000 Americans have died from COVID-19. Many more will. Accountability, though, will be a long time coming, and likely won’t go much beyond finger pointing.
Wherever you are, take a moment to go outside, look at the sky, and reflect on how we got here.