DATE: 3/12/2004 09:38:00 AM
Devastating Headline #1:
TERROR: 911 DAYS AFTER 9/11
"The atrocity, which Spanish media and officials described as "our own September 11", came exactly two and a half years after the attacks in New York and Washington, or 911 days..."
Devastating Headline #2:
TRAIN BOMBS: 'START OF WW III'
"This is how the devastating bomb attacks on three trains in the Spanish capital of Madrid during peak hour on Thursday were described..."
The night still tastes
like diesel fuel and dynamite
gunpowder and gasoline.
The sulphur smoke still lifts
a chill along the spine of New York City
while history cleans house around the world
with sledgehammers and blood.
Ahora y en la hora de nuestra muerte
they're whispering in Spanish Harlem
while two hundred sparrows flutter
over the hills of Castille
and on toward Gibraltar
High above the acrid stench
a star floats like a ruby
hung at the throat of Isabella,
our androids comb its copper dust
while mobiles chirp and babble
in the pockets of the dead.
A ghost is softly gasping on the face of that red planet
as the orange blossoms bloom
on the shores of the Mediterranean
she resigns to let
her blind blue sister follow her
into the lifeless universe