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.


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

  18. SocietyRed says:

    This is incredible. Very stirring.
    Thank you.

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