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I was home from work that day. 
My office was on John Street
One block away from the World Trade Center
I would often go there at lunchtime
To visit the shops
To buy fruit at the Green Market
To enjoy concerts on the esplanade

It was a gathering place 
During the warm months of the year.
And one evening, I was fortunate enough
To dine in the Windows on the World Restaurant
That offered a spectacular view of the city 
From the North Tower

But this day, I was awakened 
By a familiar voice on the phone
Did you see the news? 
A plane hit one of the Twin Towers

I turned on the television
And watched in real time
As it all unfolded
The mighty buildings
Into dust and debris
Flames and destruction
Falling bodies
Obliterated bones
And death

I watched
As exhausted firefighters
Sat down on the sidewalk and wept
I watched
As revelers in the streets of Afghanistan
Rejoiced at hearing the news
I watched
From my balcony in Brooklyn
Where I once could see the towers
But now there was an endless plume of smoke
That stretched across the sky

All those beautiful, precious lives

In the days that followed
We New Yorkers treated each other
More kindly, more gently
For we were all fragile
And felt capable of collapse

Written September 10, 2009 - for Nathan Leccese's 9-11 Contest

Copyright © Corinne Curcio

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  1. Date: 4/2/2010 1:50:00 PM
    This is a closeup picture of that horrible day. Most of us saw it unfold on television . congratulations on your win. Loe, Joyce

  1. Date: 4/2/2010 1:22:00 PM
    Corrine, many congratulations on your win in Nathan's fine contest, based on the tragic events of 9-11,2001 > the city that nevers sleeps, will grow from this and become stronger >> James

  1. Date: 4/2/2010 12:59:00 PM
    Such a heart-wrenching and touching account of this day. Well written...congratulations on your H M in Nathan's contest, Corinne. Love, Carrie

  1. Date: 4/2/2010 11:43:00 AM
    Congratulations on a Honorable Mention in my 9-11 contest! Nate

  1. Date: 9/10/2009 7:50:00 PM
    Being that close had to be horrible. I know how I felt miles away, good luck...Karla

  1. Date: 9/10/2009 1:19:00 PM
    It is hard to even imagine being right hard to one would ever recover from the sight of it.

  1. Date: 9/10/2009 10:49:00 AM
    Very well written account of your close encounter with that terrible day. I felt the horror from clear over on the far coast of our country but to be so near made it so real.I am amazed at how everyone came together. Good luck in the contest. Love, Joyce