9/11 poem: New York Firefighters regroup after 2nd crash

The Following is an excerpt from chapter 4 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.

Our hearts stood still as human will
            Received that second blow.
The morning sun seemed shocked and stunned
            By what occurred below.
The jaws were dropped by people stopped
            On streets already packed;
With little clue what else to do,
            If other planes attacked.
 
To know despair like many there
            Can drive a mind insane.
Each gray-haired vet began to sweat,
            Who’d seen the second plane.
The city’s best would face a test
            Like none they’d ever known.
In short supply they had to try
            To start a second zone.
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