just watching this all happen. The first tower's on fire, and then
we see the second plane coming into the other tower. Nobody's saying
anything. I'm feeling a feeling of unreality. How could this possibly
be happening? Is this going to escalate? How bad will this get?
And suddenly, a lot of things that I was obsessing on just didn't
seem important anymore. For that day, poetry wasn't important anymore.
What good does anything you write or anything that has been written
going to do anyone, if you don't have peopleif you don't have
a world to live in. And so, my fear was running away with itself
sky here was a perfect blue, and the sky in New York was beautiful,
too. It was a wonderful day. My sister, who lives in New York, was
outside, very close to the trade towers. She was going out to tend
flowers at a park therea park where she goes and practices
T'ai Chi on weekends. She was describing this just horrific noisethe
first plane hitting the north tower. And it's just incredible. It's
just unthinkable, yet it happened.
day I couldn't get through to her at all. But I did after a couple
of days and found out how close she was. She did wind up getting
covered with the soot when the buildings collapsed. And for days,
she'd hear the explosions over and over and over and over again.
7 (Bombing of Afghanistan)
all were in Indianola and just about to sit down to dinner, and
we heard that the bombing was beginning. You know, there was a part
of me, from the angry part of me, that thought, how could anyone
just kill thousands of people just like all at once like thatthat
I think part of me was glad. But then, I looked around at my children,
and then I felt ashamed. Is that the only way?
definitely think differently about being an American when someone
like Osama bin Laden says, Wherever there are Jews or Americans,
they are targets. Well, here we are in America, so I guess we're
a very large target. But I wasn't going to go to the Army Recruiters'
office to join after that event. We need people like that. But we
also need people that are compassionate and that will seek other
avenues of improving things on this earth.
don't we take that path more often? Why do we drop bombs? And then
againokay, there's the Holocaust. They'd say, that's the result
of people not defending themselves, people not fighting when they
should have fought. No easy answer. Still, I am drawn to non-combative
possibilities, responsesa belief that there's still a way
of affecting world policy that way.
The artist will heal themselves, and then the artwork will help
those that view it or listen to it become stronger, be healed. And
the artist is there, I think, just to say, things are going to go
on. We will keep on creating, because there will be a world to create
things in, because the world is continually creating. And we're
here to praise it; we're here to point out the beauties of it, and
to show people that that's the important thing despite horror that
happens. Again, the important thing is the simple thingsthings
that make your life worth living. Those are stronger than anything
that can try to destroy us.