Attention Span – 911 Memorial

This morning I turned on the TV to watch and remember the 9-11 attacks, that killed so many innocent people in New York City. There were comments and news bites, but the talking heads kept interrupting and distracting. Network TV went on with trivia as usual. As the Vice President delivered his remarks. only one network was watching. The rest had already moved on to old news! It just caught me the wrong way, so I decided to write a poem reflecting on my feelings of the morning.

Planes crashing into towers

New York City belching smoke

Americans at work


News trickles into tsunami

Eyes and Ears glued

Real-time terror

Quite different from

Video Games

Reality blended with tears


Flash forward…

Talk shows // Politics

Preempt memories

Horrors dressed in flowers

Commentators jabber

while Vice-President speaks

Dead names read



Sad specifics

Too much for delicate ears

Might reignite fear and anger

More salacious news appeals

How sad when heroes

Go unrecognized

Soon to be forgotten


Replaced by

A magnificent tower

A fountain

A marble stone

engraved with names of lost

Loved ones still mourn

CNN regurgitates

President’s faux pas


Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Little Boys…Big Dreams

Wright Brothers Memorial 001 (2)

A memorial to the Wright Brothers;
Young men with dreams of flying.
The beginning of something
greater than themselves
with a giant monument of stone,
high on Jockey’s Ridge
in North Carolina.
Little boy visits and wonders
what it would take to
be remembered
with a monument of Stone.
It takes dreams
and the courage to live them out;
It takes someone to inspire
to encourage
to believe the impossible.


Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Dedicated to my son, who always believed he could fly!

Impressively Unimpressed

Wright Brothers Memorial 001

Kitty Hawk (a Haibun)

Years ago we climbed the dune at Kitty Hawk, NC to visit the Wright Brother’s Monument. It was a fun time with our young boys. I am amazed how far we have come since that first flight on matchsticks and canvas!

Impressive granite

monument  // rising bird wings

Young man unimpressed


Photo of the Wright Brother’s Museum: Dwight L. Roth