Carolyn Mahnke


Carolyn Mahnke Poems

1. Nine-Eleven Rhymes With Heaven 9/12/2006
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Nine-Eleven Rhymes With Heaven

Nine-eleven rhymes with heaven
But for the survivors,
Images of Hell display
A lightning flash of smoke and metal,
Raining acrid ash
And screaming silence
Over death and pain.

Nine-eleven, Hell or heaven?
Lucky ones? The living firemen,
Happenchance escape the fray.
But coughing, burning nightmares
Choke out patriot singing.
Undeserved remainders undermine
The sanity of each new day.

Hell or heaven, Nine-eleven?
WHY? ?
Why beloved father gone forever? ?
Why the heroes never saved?
Why the victims of survival?
Why, oh...

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