Thirteen Years on September 11th

thirteen years and
half my life ago

I felt remorse
inside the small world
of eighth grade

lockers and
simplicity before
the fires lit inside
a television set
and we were
manufactured to
believe in war

like tragedy might
save us from more

thirteen years
and everything
is flat

but television
hasn’t changed

we haven’t

© Ben Ditmars 2014

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