The following is derived from an article in the New York Daily News. The “Dust” series, of which this is the first part, draws on reporting after September 11, 2001

 Dust I (WTC)
after an article in the New York Daily News

any and way,
receive her

her urn,
81st
Trade
Center,
first hope

empty contents
Center husband,
yesterday yesterday.

It’s attack.

urns and flag.

Family earth
Center earth.

possibility the
World
but seen
first hope”

Trade
World empty towers.

urn,
as tears.

of and the they
Center seen urn part place
Center,
I it he’s body,
tears.

attack.

containing yesterday.

Following clutching nothing.

small
Family most remains something,
members
Trade
Center attacks.

any relatives of the place where he died helping others.
accepted her urn, but has not accepted the possibility
“That way, his love will keep on growing and I can talk to him every day.”

clutching the urns
“It’s something”

The 5-inch-tall urns, made of polished cherry
mahogany, were each etched with the date 09-11-01. Each urn
was contained in a blue velvet drawstring bag
and was last
seen helping evacuate people from the World Trade Center.

It makes me feel good because this is part of the missing and dead
at the World Trade Center site
and a folded American flag.

they contained far more than earth.
“It’s something,”

another flag has been flying since

accepted her urn,
but has not accepted

the urn

just in case
she never sees
her husband again.

she will take the flag given
hang it

on the 81st floor
of 1 World Trade Center,
but was also last seen helping evacuate people from the twin towers.

his love will keep on growing and I can talk to him every day,
said she would empty the contents
burst into tears.

the porch light hasn’t gone out