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Prayer to Walt Whitman at Ground Zero by Norbert Krapf

Prayer to Walt Whitman at Ground Zero by Norbert Krapf

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Featured in the poetry collection Songs in Sepia and Black in White.
Featured in the poetry collection Songs in Sepia and Black in White.

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Published by: Indiana University Press on Aug 22, 2011
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Prayer to Walt Whitman at Ground Zero
Come back, Walt Whitman, we need you now in thehour o our grie.Come back, Camerado, wind your way back to GroundZero where you belong.Wrap your arm around the shoulder o a reman wholost his best riend,tell the policemen how brave their brothers were at themoment o collapse,rub your ngers between the ears o the dog that hassnifed hour ater hour or the smell o humanesh,stand at attention when workers nd in the rubble thebody o a brother,amble over to the Armory and say a word to long lineso those who have pictures o their loved onespinned to their chests,tell the husband how beautiul and good his missingwie is,tell the wie how courageous her husband was to helphis colleagues,promise the sister you will hunt with her or her lostbrother just as you hunted or brother George atFredericksburg,hold steady the mother and ather who lost their sonweeks beore he was to marry,hug the student rom Queens who, ater her class in thesuburbs rode your word-erry across time andspace, sobbed to her teacher they had ound thebody o her reghter-ancé,comort the amily o the Brooklyn student who cameto this country rom Syria or asylum and willnow return home only in spirit,

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