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September 11

Bicycle 


for Juan Gutierrez, delivery boy


Against a lamppost at Cedar and Greenwich,it stands
dusted, war torn,
chained to the moment
of it's own ceased labor,
awaiting the return of Juan Gutierrez,
from a morning delivery at One World Trade
Now a shrine,
it stands
decorated with flowers, flags and Spanish prayers,
it's wiry basket tied with paper ribbons
it's grey, skeletal frame encircled
with melted candle wax, folded letters of farewell
and crayon drawn teardrops
On the edge of ground zero
It stands,
a testament of one life, one story
of a hardworking young man
struggling, moving forward
to a place where bicycles
lead to dreams of better days ahead


copyright 2001, Frank Messina


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miannda
Sep. 12th, 2011 11:23 pm (UTC)
heartbreaking...
elinka
Sep. 12th, 2011 11:26 pm (UTC)
yeah, saw it live yesterday, can't put it out of my mind
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