Every 11th Remembered
By Kara L.C. Jones

Dedicated to those
whose lives were taken
on September 11, 2001
and to Dakota Jones
whose life ended
on March 11, 1999.

When I woke that morning
it was not to light, nor birds chirping
no, that morning I woke
to the Towers
all around me
everything falling...

I already detested the 11th of each month
my own son died two and a half years ago
on the 1lth
after falling dead
on my bladder
cord accident
in the 39th prenatal week
they called him a "stillborn fetus"
not a "child"
but my son was dead all the same...

And now that morning
of this 11th day
the falling was happening all over
NY and DC
and my heart caught
with the knowing of all that those families
now face, the never
ending process of grief
and my heart caught
because I knew some
who were there or
suppose to be there--
it took a full day to find out
Steven, Anthony, Andrew
were in Midtown, not Downtown,
Bonnie and Lou
were in Aspen,
was in Memphis,
was just out
from the subway
on the street
looking up
when the 2nd plane hit
and my heart caught
when I learned
that he was okay
but in shock
covered in soot
with hundreds of others
who were told to "go home"
with no way to get home except
to walk 40, 50 blocks
across bridges
briefcases still in hand
no one talking
no one looking back...

I woke that morning
to hear the world
down around us
hearts and buildings breaking
survivors making their way
one soot covered foot
in front of the other
back home
away from shock
into grief...

forever dreading
the 11th of each month
just as I do.


Kara lives on Vashon Island which is a much more awesome place than she ever imagined it would be. She is a poet, bookmaker, wife, teacher, bereaved mom, facilitator, receptionist, founder, struggling p.t.barnum, turtle faithful, editor, artist, and a million other things that will prevent you from putting her in any one particular label box! Kara teaches through local art centers, artists in the schools programs, KotaPress and independently. To find out more about her, see:


And her class Expanding Poetry is now available in an online format from CourseBridge.com where you can register today at:



Loss  | Vashon | Services | Art | Poetry | Store | Contact

© 1999 KotaPress All rights reserved.  ISSN 1534-1410 www.KotaPress.com
Please direct comments regarding this web site to webmaster@KotaPress.com