Thursday, September 11, 2008

"The flags on the Brooklyn Bridge are flying half-staff today."

I've always wanted to use that as the first line of something great. Someday the rest will come to me, but for the longest time, it's stood alone in my mind, an observation that has prompted me to wonder, So, which important person passed away? Of course, this morning I didn't need to wonder, and I expected to see the flags at half-staff when the subway went over the Manhattan Bridge. And of course, the skyline itself is the everyday reminder of the city's loss.

I don't need video clips. Least of all I don't need politicians to tell me about it.

The emptiness is still there and I can see it and I will always feel it.

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