Photo of Sept. 11 terrorist attack in Manhattan‘Some People Did Something’ by J.M. McBirnie The Society May 6, 2019 Poetry 8 Comments Some People Did Something On Rep. Omar’s reducing the 9/11 terrorist attacks to “Some people did something” Some people swallowed towers, kept ashes on their bones, saw steel like fainting flowers, or called to busy tones. Some people heard the sound when windows turned to sand. Some never left the ground. Some never got to land. Some people never crossed again those fields of death. Some people hold the lost in music, arms, or breath. Author of In the Dead of April and Let Us Go, J.M. McBirnie is a poet and translator whose works can be found in such publications as Whistling Shade, The Daily Caller, and The Jewish Literary Journal. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related 8 Responses Martin Rizley May 6, 2019 Powerful imagery and creative use of language that makes you think. I particularly liked the line the in the second stanza where you say, “Some never left the ground” (an obvious reference to ground zero), “some never got to land” (those on board the planes which were used as missiles).” A good example of how brevity and understatement can pack a punch. Reply E. V. May 6, 2019 Good Morning! I like the concept of changing the subject of “some people” from the perpetrators to the victims! Very empowering. Reply Sally Cook May 6, 2019 Your poem speaks volumes. My thanks to you for picking up on the insidious and insulting language used by a representative in our national government. She should, in my opinion, be immediately removed for this and other similar remarks. Are the people who elected her deaf, dumb and blind? Perhaps they are illegals who have infested that area and are now casting votes? Thankfully, Rep. Omaar does not represent me. Reply Joseph S. salemi May 6, 2019 Sally, the plain fact is that Minnesota has always been a politically stupid state. Look at the progressivist garbage that Minneapolis has foisted upon us: Harold Stassen, Eugene McCarthy, Hubert Humphrey, Paul Wellstone, and Walter Mondale belong the most prominent. Ilhan Omar is merely the latest in a long line of left-liberal idiots. Reply Steve Shaffer May 7, 2019 Don’t forget Garrison Keillor! C.B. Anderson May 6, 2019 Two thoughts, Sally: Stupidity has never been a cause for removal from office; and yes, the people who elected her are exactly as you suggest they are. Democracy is not always what it’s cracked up to be. Reply Dave Whippman May 6, 2019 Well done: you made a powerful poem out of a statement by a crass, ignorant fool. Reply Steve Shaffer May 7, 2019 Excellent poem. Outstanding. Should be sent out to the pundits. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.