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The Literary Groong - 03/01/2002

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	9-11 in the  Air

	How to write a poem in plane view
	Up 30,000 in the air
	Unattached to frames or bases
	Amid pleas for comfort and good cheer

	Food, drink and menus naming chefs
	Recycled movies on swiveling tiny screens
	Reclining outsize chairs in business class
	Amid pillows blankets and cookie crumbs

	Metal reinforced doors to the cockpit
	Stewardess, sparing in self-defense class
	Sweating bullets with the rest

	Men and women sporting lapel flags
	Recovering their lives
	 From falling innocence.

	Shoes in trays through x-ray machines
	ID checks 20 paces each to each
	Hand-held metal detectors
	Warning buzzers
	Flashing lights snaking across floors

	Young men in full fatigues
	Porting assault rifles
	Watching random searches
	As weak links dissolve

	To fraternity, to equality
	To the memory of senseless dead
	Imploded at the Wall
	Since Liberty's wailing call.

	Bedros Afeyan

	1-18-02
	UA147
	Chicago to San Francisco

Dr. Bedros Afeyan is a theoretical physicist who works and lives in
the Bay area. He also sculpts, paints and writes. His poetry,
sculptures, short stories and paintings can be found on the web by
clicking on his name at his web site http://www.polymath-usa.com

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