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Still Falling


Did you close your eyes? Did you think of them?
Memories come every year and I weep, alone and wondering
if at the top and at the end you had a fear of heights
as if the answer could make a difference.

Yet I'm dismayed to watch it again, acrophobic, imagining...
a room afire and the smoke making signals to the World
no easy means of escape, no places to hide, no exit.
Suffocated in that vision, I stay breathless trying to perceive...

Hot gasses in red eyes begging for the luxury of  fresh air 
a burning window and the fall-space: coin with just one side
pieces of crystals in livid hands without time to wave 
sticky blood warming fingers in a last cold morning.

And I weep, helpless and thinking in what you saw from above
that pandemonium of alarms, yelling and the sound of the fire
just an instant to decide how to face it, how to accept it 
an instant in which you may comprehend our brevity.

Perhaps, you could say goodbye... Did you have time?
Did you close your eyes? Did you think of them?
in their faces, their eyes, their voices, their scents...
Behind, below, inside...Death, waiting for your decision...

And I weep for your innocence... for your panic...for you
I'm with you now, terrified... yet, I can't follow you...
But you drag me and I jump with you, as every year 
as the only way I can remember you...feeling you, being with you ...

And I weep...recoiling to that morning that will live in infamy
in its intense impact, in those images 
Because the towers disappeared in its collapse
but you, through the're still falling.

Footnote: This short video is very disturbing; it shows people falling and jumping from the towers. I don't recommend you to watch it because it may offend or hurt your feelings. However, it shows the true horror of that day and I think that it's the true extent in which those innocent people lost their lives.

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  1. Date: 4/10/2012 7:55:00 PM
    I've read this one before, and it stirs my emotions as if for the first time....a sense of panic, almost overcoming me, with the knowledge that every word you wrote...truly did happen, as horrible as it really did is still more than one can comprehend.

  1. Date: 4/10/2012 5:08:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win...Well Done Ruben...well done...kept eye contact to the end...big hugss,love deb

  1. Date: 4/10/2012 1:21:00 PM
    I got shivers reading this Ruben it is deeply touching. Congrats on such a heartfelt write love vie

  1. Date: 4/10/2012 1:07:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in P.D's "Emotional" contest Ruben. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 4/10/2012 12:09:00 PM
    Ruben congrats on your win, a horrible part of history,..David

  1. Date: 4/10/2012 10:26:00 AM
    congrats on your win cory

  1. Date: 4/10/2012 10:10:00 AM
    Ruben, congratulations with your emotional poem! Thank you very much for sharing something so emotional with us. Some poems, are tough to express and share out in the open. God Bless. Always~ PD

  1. Date: 2/20/2010 5:44:00 PM
    This is a heart-wrenching tribute, Ruben. Good job putting it together. Congratulations on your win in the contest. ....Jimmy

  1. Date: 2/19/2010 10:38:00 PM
    Wow, truly a superb write in memory of that tragic moments that shocked the whole world. My congratulations to you, Ruben. Appreciate so much your comment to my poem. (^_^) Noel.

  1. Date: 2/18/2010 9:40:00 AM
    Congratulations on your mention, Ruben. Awesome write. Sincere, Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 2/5/2010 3:34:00 PM
    My Dear Brother Ruben, a very very special Congratulatios on YOUR Honorable Mention in Mac McGovern's Contest "Anything Goes" As I read this I could feel the panic and Fear but I looked down and Passed out I watched the Video and Cried An Absolutely Amazing Write I bow to YOUR Talent ALWAYS YOUR Brother.. .Harry

  1. Date: 2/4/2010 1:18:00 AM
    reading this for the 2nd time around gave me the chills yet again--that is how moving this piece is--congrats on your win with this Ruben--keep writing!

  1. Date: 2/3/2010 6:59:00 PM
    Wow, Ruben, This is so great! I could never get to that place where I'm able to write my feelings about 9/11. I've tried so many times with no success! This is simply great! Congratulations on your win the contest! Peace, Audrey

  1. Date: 2/2/2010 1:16:00 PM
    I've seen the videos about it, and many other things I've seen,which have shaken my faith in things I used to believe. (I hope one day we get the answers to). This was excellent writing. I might have given this the number one spot hd it been my own contest! Thanks for your comments to me today also, Rueben. And yeah, there is no category for my menu poem, so oh well, I will keep it ABC! LUv,Andrea

  1. Date: 2/2/2010 4:58:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in the contest Ruben. May you have many more. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/1/2010 6:41:00 PM
    Oh yes...I remember this heart wrenching poem. So wonderfully done, so wonderfully written, how could one ever forget such a sight as this. Well deserved win, my friend!! No one could put it into words better than you did right here!! Congratulations! ~ Love, Carrie

  1. Date: 2/1/2010 4:56:00 PM
    Congrats Ruben my friend on your winning poem in Mac's Anything Goes contest... well deserved win for this excellent write.. luv.. and thankxxx for your special comments on my poetry always... luv.. Linda-Marie..

  1. Date: 10/19/2009 9:59:00 PM
    This gave me goosebumps--it truly is unfathomable how that day transpired, so many lives lost and changed in such a short time...thanks for this moving piece... thanks as well for your votes of confidence in my write, very flattered to be considered a winner in your list ;)

  1. Date: 10/5/2009 11:52:00 PM
    The best most intense and emotional 9/11 poem I have read, Ruben...something awful and tragic turned into a thing of beauty somehow...that's what it's all about, my friend...Tim

  1. Date: 9/30/2009 1:59:00 PM
    Highly introspective. good job.