A Poem For Tuesday

Andrew Sullivan —  Sep 11 2012 @ 8:35pm

The poet Lucille Clifton wrote "September Song: A Poem in Seven Days" after watching the wreckage of the Twin Towers on television. She says, "I thought a lot about that and about the fact that my eldest daughter had, had a new baby girl five days before, and about love and continuing and fear and hope." The "Tuesday" poem from the sequence:

thunder and lightning and our world
is another place no day
will ever be the same no blood

they know this storm in otherwheres
israel ireland palestine
but God has blessed America
we sing

and God has blessed America
to learn that no one is exempt
the world is one all fear
is one all life all death
all one

Listen to Clifton read this and another section of the poem here.