14 YEARS AGO THIS MORNING

My cousin Tony is hollering at me to “wake up, we’re going to war”.
I hopped right up off the couch ready to brawl.
I was five months into my first divorce
and was partying hard.
Tony and I had been up for a couple days
snorting speed and drinking beer
and generally
being perfect examples
of a couple of dirty white boys,
hustling, cheating and thieving people;
going nowhere fast.
Anyways,
I jumped up ready to brawl
cause I was figuring
someone
was coming to collect a little karma from us.
Tony is looking at me
all bug eyes mouth hanging open
and I am confused by his reaction.
Why aint we fighting?
Where is the threat?
What the fuck you wake me up for?
Then I saw the television.
Everything got really weird.
Maybe
it was just all the dope and booze running through me
or
maybe
it was just a denial defense mechanism in my mind.
I don’t know,
but everything went slow motion.
Tony’s daughters faces are confused and scared.
Tony is frozen in time.
But I could smell the coffee
brewing in the pot.
The gurgling of the coffee was thunderous.
The Television is telling me a horrible lie
and I can’t look away.
Mental Defense time right?
Okay,
so Tony is being an asshole
and waking me to see this movie preview.
What, is this another Die Hard movie?
That’s what I really thought looking at the T.V.
Those exact words ran through my mind
as the 2nd plane ran through the Tower.

The difference between
Pearl Harbor
and
9/11
is the difference shared
by Lincoln and Kennedy.

We watched 9/11 happen.
Nation wide.
Almost everyone
knows where
they were
and
what they were
doing 14 years ago.

I think America
went a little mad
this day 14 years ago.
And for better or for worse,
we showed the whole world
there is a price for fucking with us.
And for better or for worse
I think we lost our way.

I sometimes
wonder
if it’s possible
for an entire country
to be traumatized
by
a
singular
event.

©workingclassproduction.com,2015

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