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9-11 in the Air By Bedros Afeyan He wrote to sail away 30,000 puffs of air Unattached frame or basis Pleas of comfort, salient cheer Food, drink, menus naming chefs Recycle movies, swiveling baby screens Reclined outsize seat, business classed Pillows, blankets, cookie crumbs dans l'air Metal reinforced door to cockpit Stewardess, sparing in self-defense Sweating rubber bullets with the rest Citizens flash lapel flags Recovered hollowed lives Falling Hollywood stampedes Shoes in trays stuff x-ray machines Check their cheeks, few paces each to each Hand-held metal detected Warning buzzers, chirps, beeps Flashing lights snaking floors Young men in full fatigues Porting assault rifles laser beaconed, dog sniffed Witness random searches As weaker links dissolve To fraternity, equality The memory of senseless dead Imploded at the Wall Since Liberty's wailing call A nation better follow Its solumn duty now. 1-18-02 UA147 Chicago to San Francisco Revised: 9-11-2011 Bordeaux-Lac, France -- Dr. Bedros Afeyan is a theoretical physicist who works and lives in the Bay area with his wife, Marine. He writes in Armenian and in English and also paints and sculpts. Samples of his work can be found on the web by clicking on his personal web pages at: http://188.8.131.52/