September 11th Poem: The firemen’s first fears

The Following is an excerpt from chapter 2 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.

 
Above their eyes the cobalt skies
            Were masked in smoke and flame.
The men could taste the need for haste
            The closer that they came.
They too, could see, the hot debris
            Lay strewn around nearby,
And heard the thumps when victims jumped
            From ninety stories high.
 
With lengthy strides they rushed inside,
            Afraid they’d do no good.
But nonetheless they did their best        
            To save the ones they could.
We wonder why they had to die
            For some beyond their aid,
But very few who made it through
            Are sorry that they stayed. 
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