by Tarzana Joe


As if we need to be reminded

As if our hearts were somehow blinded

As if each plane that I see fly

Light and faultless in the sky

Isn’t carrying the souls

Of Beemer and the boys

Who left their seats to save us


They didn’t obey the blinking sign

Pretending everything was fine

Waiting for the sanctions to take hold


As if every visitor to New York doesn’t wonder


And lining up without our shoes

And belts

And pocket change

We know why we’re waiting


As if we need a reason to remember

That bright, blue morning in September

As if the date is not a scar

On each bright stripe and star


They set our flag on fire?

Then we should hoist it higher


But we still think before we speak

Because we should; our mothers said so

And then we speak; because we must

For no one knows better what we have to say


And if I sin for what I say

Then lock me up in Bedlam

For it is the safest place

In a world gone mad.


As if…


Tarzana Joe, the poet laureate of the Hugh Hewitt Radio Show, can be heard on air in the 3rd hour of the broadcast on most Fridays. His wonderful poetry can be found at

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