20 years

of everlasting loss 

& sadness

20 years

of families

destroyed forever

20 years

of particles floating

made from cancer-causing dust  

in Lower Manhattan

20 years

of PTSD reactions

from the actions

of that day

20 years

of pictures

of tower carnage

20 years

seeing the new gaping holes

where lights disappeared

20 years

we were still asking:

“Why the fuck did this happen?”

20 years

the broken pieces

slowly come together

20 years ago

I wasn’t here in the flesh,

but that day has affected all of us

the whole world over 

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