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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