Bitter Choice

Do you remember?
Seeing people rain from the sky?
Sentenced to die in the sunshine.
Their crime: going to work.

Locking eyes,
Choosing flight,
Final act of rebellion:
To die flying, holding hands, not by fire.

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The Week 60 Trifextra weekend thing was to use the words rain, remember, and rebellion, along with 33 words of our own.  Though it’s a long time ago now, I’ve always wanted to write something about the people who had to make that terrible decision on that bright blue September day.

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40 Responses to Bitter Choice

  1. barbara says:

    we MUST remember – lest we repeat

  2. Suzanne says:

    This is really powerful. Stunning tribute. Well done!

  3. Gina says:

    This was stunning. Tragically remembered.

  4. A breathtaking imagery and tribute to those lost.

  5. Draug419 says:

    “to die flying…” whoa. That’s powerful.

  6. Lori Wise says:

    Oh, wow. I sit here trying to come up with words to convey what I’m feeling but am failing miserably. You, sir, have my vote. Never forget.

  7. Lori Wise says:

    May I please link this to my blog?

  8. nessa1313 says:

    You gave me the chills.

  9. Wow…you captured that day. Beauty in tragedy…your words so well written.

  10. Very deep.. Excellent…

  11. Oh and I lover your banner image..x

  12. atrm61 says:

    It lives in our memory-that tragedy!You captured it beautifully!

  13. I try to keep my mind on the choice. Brilliant tribute.

  14. Lisa says:

    One of the things that always amazes me about poetry is the ability of the poet to put so much into so few words. You’ve conveyed a lot of emotion,and raised memories for me, in 33 words. It would take me a novel to accomplish the same thing and even then I doubt I could.

  15. Sini says:

    That was a heart touching homage. Great that you used the prompt for keeping alive the memory. No one deserves such a punishment for going abt their lives.

  16. whew – for some reason, that very choice that those people had to make crossed my mind the other day while I was traveling, strangely, through the most serene of places – after work. You worded that so very well. (a little relieved to know that I’m not the only one this still haunts)

  17. gene3067 says:

    I just wanted you to know that I enjoy your blog so much that I nominated you for the Awesome Award of Epic Awesomeness
    Gene
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  18. SocietyRed says:

    This is incredible. Very stirring.
    Thank you.
    Red

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