victor schwartzman | breathing 9/11

Breathing 9/11

On 9/11 I was at work
did not see the planes hit
but sure heard and felt them
my whole world shook

Later I was outside for an early lunch
when the first building collapsed
a white cloud raced towards me
white death dust covered me

The next day the government said
we should all go back to work
we were told the air is healthy
the economy had to stay healthy too

So I returned to work
did my part for the economy
but breathing was a mistake
I’d have been okay if I hadn’t breathed

Now I have lung cancer
breathing is hard
if I had breath I’d scream
at the terrorists I voted for

Now I buy medicine
to stay alive
costs me a lot
but I’m keeping the economy healthy

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