At the Remembering 9/11 Exhibit (on a photograph by Eugene Richards)
by Jim Schneider

this minimalist shot is composed
of two upright rectangular
planes side by side

reading from right to left
the awful simplicity of
a slab of yellowish air 

a large dark bird
with wings outspread has
just crossed into this stark realm

leaving on the left
a skyscraper barely showing through
the ash blonde veil of ultrafine debris

as the faint outline of
a stepped roof and
rows of windows

at the building’s top left
an inverted pattern
of blanched stars and stripes

as if waiting
for a child’s crayons
fly bird fly

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