9/11 Epic Poem: Escape of the Paper

The Following is an excerpt from chapter 5 of the September 11th Epic Poem. The rough draft was written between June 2008 and May 2010. It is 2,000 lines long and has 1,499 rhyming pairs.

The center stood the best it could
            As heat grew more and more.
The steel frames were soaked in flames
            That thawed their metal core.
But while we watched our sight was blotched
            With paper by the reams:
The outward flow as thick as snow
            Immersed the sky in streams.
It seemed so strange to watch them range
            Across the cobalt sky.
With movements soft they flew aloft
            Where pigeons loved to fly.
On natures’ breath they fled the death
            And lazily escaped,
While robed in grief and disbelief
            The burning towers gaped.

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