How waiting for winter inspires the yearly 9/11 reverie

But while we wait we meditate on mem’ries from the past;

Our minds recall the day we all were altered by the blast.

(Excerpt from the Prologue of the 9/11 Epic Poem)

As we begin the third stanza of the epic poem, the symbolism of summertime changes slightly. Now summer represents not only the nonchalance of the pre-9/11 period, but also that of the post-9/11 period as Americans tried to get back to thinking normal thoughts in the years after the attacks. But every year as we waited for the coldness of winter to  come upon us, we couldn’t help but remember the day when summertime in 2001 suddenly ended, and our outlooks on life (and human nature) were unexpectedly darkened.

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