New York Valentine 9/11 Poem by Martin Swords

Martin Swords

Tiglin, Wicklow, Ireland

New York Valentine 9/11



Chance may be a fine thing so they say
And chance may make a difference today


Brrrrr...Brrrr…
“pick up Martha
Brrrr…Brrrr…
pick up. pick up!
Brrrr…Brrrr…
answer, oh God!
why doesn’t she answer?
she’s lost her phone…
she’s at a meeting…
she’s afraid in the new job…
Brrrr…Brrrr…
some insurance company
in the Tower
which Tower
shit. I can’t remember
Brrrr…Brrrr…
oh God. look. it’s terrible.
the end of the world
the end of our world
Brrr…Brrr…
please God, please God. I’ll be good
I’ll pray. I’ll give money
but please let her answer”
Brrrr…Brrrr…
Brrrr…Brrrr…
Brrrr…
“hello….hello….that you Albert..
I was asleep….I got flu honey…
…remember? ”



The end of someone else’s world today
Martha and Albert live to die another way





Martin Swords
Prompt Poems
“Valentine” Feb ‘08

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Shirley Hanley 23 September 2009

Love this one Martin... you really take a person there with your words.10

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Patricia Conlon 01 March 2008

wow, I had heard there were people who didn't go to work that awful day. You made that despertion and relief jump right at me.

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