Seventeen years ago, September 11, 2001, was a cloudless, bright blue Tuesday morning. This year, it was a cloudy, humid Tuesday morning. Still, we remember.
In Patrick Jennings’s Pic and a Word Challenge #152 – Fire, his poem for this prompt evokes a warning from a toxic threat. The Tuesday Prompt at Go Dog Go Cafe, inspired by the events of 9/11, requested: “Write about a time that you were challenged by an outside force, and talk about what you did to overcome it? More importantly, how did it change your view of yourself and/or the world around you?” Lastly, I was introduced by Linda Lee Lyberg at Charmed Chaos to a poetry structure called the “reverse Nonet”. This is a poem whose syllable count is: 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9.
Read on for a poem inspired by past and current fiery events, written in reverse nonet. The picture is an oil painting by Dante Gabriel Rosetti depicting Pandora and her infamous box (he also wrote a sonnet to accompany this painting). In the painting, the words on the box state “Nescitur Ignescitur” meaning “unknown it burns”.
Pandora’s Fire Box
NESCITUR IGNESCITUR (Unknown It Burns)
In tears I watched my world burning down
Like twin towers of faith and hope
Rumors about That Woman
Hatred for That Black Man
I am still held down
Loss of voice
World view shattered
Land of the “what now”
Home of the “not our job”
Reclaim the tiki torches
Be a beacon to light the way
Dried tears fuel the fire of freedom
(“Pandora”, Oil painting by Dante Gabriel Rosetti. Public Domain)