The Herald Democrat continues its salute to National Poetry Month by yeilding this space once more to local poets.

The Herald Democrat continues its salute to National Poetry Month by yeilding this space once more to local poets.


Lest We Forget


You pass through the portal / and squint against the sun, /the time, forever, "9:01."


A twin portal stands / on the other side of the street / forever reading, "9:03."


In between is the minute / that never should have been / in 1995, April 19.


A pool, for reflection, inches shallow, / infinitely deep in its sorrow.


Walkways to nowhere, no destination, / leads anyone, quickly, / to quiet contemplation.


The power of the empty chair – / think of those who are not there / at the dinner table, the office, / those we miss… / Imagine, 168 empty chairs such as this.


Glass shards and stone / once showered a tree. / It gives me hope to see those leaves. / It’s still alive, still survives, /


a symbol of the will of the people.


A chain link fence is not a barrier, / it’s a carrier, / a link to the memory of many, /to leave a possession, /to release an emotion.


A fireman’s helmet is hung, /faded and bleached in the sun, / emblazoned, "We will never forget you," / and signed by a team / that performed the rescue.


A single Teddy Bear brings a tear / for the children that were here.


On the fence, flowers are tied. / Dozens have died. / Millions have cried.


On the next block, /granite blocks of black, / symbolize the children / who will never come back.


A statue stands, "Jesus Wept." / This is, after all, the Bible Belt.


Chips and stones from the destruction / now line the paths, their journey done.


Someday, / the feet of grief may stop its step. / But the Murrah Memorial / will still be here…


Lest We Forget.


—Don Mathis


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