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,
urns and flag.
World empty towers.
of and the they
Center seen urn part place
I it he’s body,
Following clutching nothing.
Family most remains something,
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
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.
another flag has been flying since
accepted her urn,
but has not accepted
just in case
she never sees
her husband again.
she will take the flag given
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