"Window on the World"

A weekly poem, read by the author.
Sept. 11 2003 11:07 AM

Window on the World

(Continued from Page 4)

Mortality, box-cutter in hand, conquers all,
A cockpit-crasher, terminating our dazed pilots,

Freezing the vessel's forward mandate. … Does that senior
Chef taking bread from ovens in his vintage kitchen

Lofted among the clouds, detect invisible
Omens in the autumn light?—a bass-clef hum,

Endtime launched on its unyielding slalom, twin
Convergence that will call for shutdown once our client,

The kamikaze who refused to book a table,
Shows up to napalm celebration's ever-afters.

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Befriending soul, when lethal smoke begins to rush
From the broken towers' crematory, will we hang back

In burning topicality? No, sings the window.
Hold hands, eyes meeting as they never have before.

Today your tandem launches out on visionary
Sunlight, to cast its lot with a world without end—

One extra encore for a pair upheld in zero
Gravity, anti-Lucifers, twin morning stars,

United Symbol here that nothing puts asunder,
Love's company unlost so long as love proves life.

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

The Irritating Confidante

John Dickerson on Ben Bradlee’s fascinating relationship with John F. Kennedy.

My Father Invented Social Networking at a Girls’ Reform School in the 1930s

Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real

Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band

Can it be again?

The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee

Medical Examiner

Is It Better to Be a Hero Like Batman?

Or an altruist like Bruce Wayne?

Technology

Driving in Circles

The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.

The World’s Human Rights Violators Are Signatories on the World’s Human Rights Treaties

How Punctual Are Germans?

  News & Politics
Politics
Oct. 22 2014 12:44 AM We Need More Ben Bradlees His relationship with John F. Kennedy shows what’s missing from today’s Washington journalism.
  Business
Moneybox
Oct. 21 2014 5:57 PM Soda and Fries Have Lost Their Charm for Both Consumers and Investors
  Life
The Vault
Oct. 21 2014 2:23 PM A Data-Packed Map of American Immigration in 1903
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 21 2014 3:03 PM Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real
  Slate Plus
Working
Oct. 22 2014 6:00 AM Why It’s OK to Ask People What They Do David Plotz talks to two junior staffers about the lessons of Working.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Oct. 21 2014 9:42 PM The All The President’s Men Scene That Perfectly Captured Ben Bradlee’s Genius
  Technology
Technology
Oct. 21 2014 11:44 PM Driving in Circles The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.
  Health & Science
Climate Desk
Oct. 21 2014 11:53 AM Taking Research for Granted Texas Republican Lamar Smith continues his crusade against independence in science.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.