“10 Seconds Down”

May 6, 2011 at 9:28 pm (Life & Politics, Poetry & Literature)

(Inspired by “The Falling Man”) 

 

An explosion on an upper floor sounding like an earthquake

no understanding of what just happened

unable to get downstairs

trapped in a room that grows hotter every second

 

Heat and smoke making it difficult to breathe

it feels like a thousand degrees

nowhere to run

no options left to choose

89 stories above the ground

 

People screaming in horror

messages to loved ones back home

increasingly grow more frantic

saying “I love you” for the very last time

 

Prayers to be rescued going unanswered

the heart racing faster with every pounding beat

trying to fight back the tears

could this be Dante’s Inferno?

 

This can’t really be happening

it must be just a dream

there is too much to live for

families waiting at home

the mortgage is almost paid off

holidays will be coming soon

 

No longer able to see two inches ahead

choking on thick, black smoke

a desperate need to breathe one last time

trying to escape a certain death

hanging out of an open window

seconds running out

 

To think the unthinkable

a split second decision…

 

Freedom at last,

if only for a brief moment

floating through the sky

clinging to what’s left of this life

 

A million thoughts flashing in an instant

ten seconds to go

seeming like an eternity

clear blues skies all around

can’t hear the sirens down below

 

Drifting endlessly

a peaceful calm is in the air

the next world soon awaits…

 

For Jonathan Briley and 200 others

Jay Mucci

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