Lenard D. Moore is assistant professor of English at Mount Olive College, where he directs the literary festival and advises The Trojan Voices. He is the author of A Temple Looming, Forever Home, The Open Eye and other books. A Raleigh resident, he is the guest editor of the special “Aforebo: A Harvest of North Carolina Writers of African Descent” double issue of Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora, Volume 10, Issue 2 Fall/Winter 2009 and Volume 11, Issue 1 Spring/Summer 2010. He is also guest editor of the special “Teachers and Students” theme issue of Solo Café 8 & 9.
IN RETROSPECT: 9/11
Praise the firemen who went thundering
up the stairs that September morning,
thump thump thump
and weighted down:
uniforms, hats, boots, oxygen tanks, fire hoses.
Praise the long red trucks with ladders
raising silver into smoke and dust
from the boom of concrete and metal
that scorched the asphalt face of earth.
Praise the water’s arc that rose,
a drizzling tongue that could not lick
its way to the tall burning floors
when the windows blew out
when the walls cracked and burst
when the floors collapsed
when the firemen would not abandon
workers scrambled in ash.
Praise the firemen who went thundering in.
Copyright 2011 by Lenard D. Moore