September 11th epic Poem: Mayday call and evacuation of firefighters

The Following is an excerpt from Chapter 13 of the September 11th Epic Poem. It took me from June of 2008 until May of 2010 to write this poem. It is 2,000 lines long and contains 1,499 rhyming pairs.
 
The fire chiefs engulfed in grief
            Had left the tower’s base.
They understood that all who could
            Must leave in any case.
The ones who grasped what just had passed
            Felt horribly bereft.
They all agreed they’d later need
            Whomever still was left.
 
The mayday call went out to all
            Who still remained inside,
Directing those with radios         
            To flee before they died.
The most who heard that vital word
            While climbing towards death;
Were turned around and started down,
            While slowly catching breath.
 
But other pairs who climbed the stairs
            Had not received the news.[13]
They still embraced the grueling race
            Straight up that smoking fuse.
They thought of chaps engulfed in traps
            Above them in that hell.
These daring men did not know when
            The southern tower fell.
           
 
As some came down they shortly found
            That others still came up.
Bewildered men yelled out to them
            To ask them what was up.
They told each band that head command
            Had ordered all to leave;
But some of these despite their pleas,
            Inclined to disbelieve.
 
(Excerpt from Chapter 13)
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2 Responses to “September 11th epic Poem: Mayday call and evacuation of firefighters”


  1. 1 pjrosas1 August 30, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    it is heart breaking ~~~ ten years gone by and i still remember it like it just happen~~ i still cry for all the lost life and the lives that had to go on ~~

  2. 2 Daniel Schilling August 31, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Yes, that day was a horrible tragedy. However, I think a lot of credit belongs to those firefighters that it wasn’t worse than it was. They evacuated a lot of people very quickly. Nobody expected that those towers were going to collapse so quickly. And yet they still managed to keep people calm, allowing a relatively efficient exit of the building.


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