Never Forget

AmericaFlagOur face defies emotion with a stance

though years of suffered loss bring no relief.

Remembered is the gas mask at a glance

by firemen-stunned below the Tower’s grief.

Our face defies that memory recalled:

that day we ran, all ashen_ panic stings.

Our skin and hair so gray; we’re aged, all

that day we flew, gray-haired,

our feet had wings.