Oh my word… you have to read this poem by Ani DiFranco. It is a response to the Sepember 11th attacks. It is one of the most profound statements I have heard on what has happened. There are a few lines I disagree with, but as a whole I think she is right on the money.

Here are a few notable quotes…

    and i’ll tell you what, while we’re at it

    you can keep the pentagon

    keep the propaganda

    keep each and every tv

    that’s been trying to convince me

    to participate in some prep school punk’s plan to perpetuate


    perpetuate retribution

    even as the blue toxic smoke of our lesson in retribution is

    still hanging

    in the air

    and there’s ash on our shoes

    and there’s ash in our hair

    and there’s a fine silt on every mantle

    from hell’s kitchen to brooklyn

    and the streets are full of stories

    sudden twists and near misses

    and soon every open bar is crammed to the rafters

    with tales of narrowly averted disasters

    and the whiskey is flowin

    like never before

    as all over the country, folks just shake their heads

    and pour

    cuz take away our playstations and we are a third world nation

    under the thumb of some blue blood royal son

    who bought the oval office and that phony election

    and i’ll tell you what, while we’re at it

    let me state unequivocally

    he is not president of me

    cuz i am a poem heeding hyper-distillation

    i’ve got no room for a lie so verbose

    i’m looking out over my whole human family

    and i’m raising my glass in a toast

    here’s to our last drink of fossil fuels

    let us vow to get off of this sauce

    shoo away the swarms of commuter planes

    and find that train ticket we lost

    cause once upon a time the line followed the river

    and peeked into all the backyards

    where laundry was waving

    and graffiti was teasing us

    from brick walls and bridges

    we were rolling over ridges

    through valleys

    under stars

    i dream of touring like duke ellington in my own railroad car