Color of Steep Sun



Red is the color of blood, and I will seek it:
I have sought it in the grass.
It is the color of steep sun seen through eyelids…
This is the time of day for recollections
~Conrad Aiken
Twelve years ago it was a day that started with bright sun above and ended in bloodshed below.
It is a day for recollections;
we seek remembrance,
with eyes open,
and through closed eyelids
steeped in the red that flowed that day.




2 thoughts on “Color of Steep Sun

  1. Tragically, it is a blood-red wound that will never heal because we perpetuate the hatred and violence with continued wars that have no purpose except vengence. (We know what the Prince of Peace said about that.) Our government leadership does not telll us the truth about why we continue this insanity. They refuse to admit that perhaps it is for economic surety that the wheels of our military/industrial complex that Eisenhower warned us about will continue to turn, supplied by Mideastern oil. The warring factions in the Middle East today are a continuation of the internecine tribal warfare that has existed since the Exodus. We try to impose our idea of democracy on them. It won’t work. They don’t want it. Get us the hell out of there so that we can turn our righteous attention to the needs of the poor and suffering in the Third World, in our own country and, right now, to the care and healing of our returning veteran warriors.


  2. Addendum
    Yes, we do remember the murdered victims of Sept. 11. As a nation we carry them in our hearts and memories. Families’ lives in the entire nation were shattered that day. In the trauma of that few minutes, in our shared grief, we became brothers and sisters united in spirit.
    One of my favorite heroines, Mary Harris Jones (“Mother Jones”) once said, “Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.” She made it very clear that the word ‘fight’ for her meant righteous actions for human and civil rights for working people and for the poor.


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