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A Holiday Poem

23 Elul 5761
(September 11, 2001)

accompanying the rumble of burning jet
fuel and fatiguing metal
echoes in skyscraper ravines
first responders
sirens
wailing from all directions
apocalyptic cacophony

earlier that morning
shofrot blaring from the four corners of the City
annual heralds of the coming
Judgment Day


(It is customary to blow the shofar every day after the morning service of the month of Elul, which precedes Rosh Hashanah, except on Sabbaths and the last, 29th day of the month.)

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