REM Stage 6: A Poetry Blog || julie niklas

the obligatory 9/11 poem
09/12/2009, 2:42 AM
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It is impossible to determine the
magnitude of noise in a person
during a moment of silence. The entire
country hushes, like a white cloth
has been thrown over it, showing the
contours of stillness, and the only sound
is the sound of a billion lower jaws
sliding forward and clenching.
The only movement is
a hundred thousand people
entangling their hands in
someone else’s, the only feeling
is the feeling of their pulse, and
the only color is the white space
where thumbs have pressed through us.


06/20/2009, 9:07 PM
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pulls out his lighter and I
can smell the fire trying
to bleed into the air
sulfur-dioxide cocktail same as life
in the veins
I hear the wishes singe like
silk strands in the flame
and the edges between the
blue and orange grow faint
disappear the way mountain
ranges disappear into the pitch-blue skyline
burning in my eyes settles for
not long enough
and the places where oxygen and light
meet are illuminated in the
same blue I remember seeing on
a wall somewhere
the fire gasps and recedes
into his thumb
retinas set ablaze through the clouds