Some died while calling home to say they were OK.
Some called the telephone operators and were told to
Some died after over an hour spent learning they would die.
Some died so abruptly they may have seen death from inside it.
Some burned, their faces caught fire.
Some were asphyxiated.
Some broke windows and leaned into the sunny day.
Some were pushed out from behind by others in flames.
Some let themselves fall, begging gravity to speed them to
Some leapt hand in hand that their fall down the night sky might
happen more lightly.
— excerpt from “When the Towers Fell,” in the Galway Kinnell collection Strong Is Your Hold