Inspiration for Poem:

“Stifled,” was written to express the fear and consternation within the first three hours after the second plane flew into the Twin Towers on 9/11. At the time, I was a high school teacher, and within five minutes after the second plane crashed the building, we, my students and I, were ordered to evacuate our building. Ironically, the evacuation was ordered because of a simultaneous bomb threat made in our building. Since no one knew the root of the threat or the crashes, we were literally held hostage on the football field for three hours. During that time, I watched as students’ emotions moved from intrigue to concern to fear. As their teacher, I transitioned from interpreter to caregiver to comforter.



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