Poem for the Boston Marathon Bombing Anniversary

#poetry #napomo #bostonmarathon Last April 15th I was at a work reception thanking the benefactors who funded a student trip to the AWP Conference in Boston for  which I served as the chaperone. At about the same time as the reception, the bombs were going off at the marathon, which I only learned about when I went home and turned on the news. This past weekend, I read a poem about one of the heroes and one of the survivors of that day. The reading was part of Philly Poetry Day and was held at Brickbat Books. Last night on the news, the police announced they had found the makings of another (unrelated) bomb just down the street from the bookstore. The irony wasn’t lost on me. Today, let’s celebrate heroes and hope–not bombs.  Here is the poem:

Here is the picture that inspired the poem:

Carlos with Jeff Bauman Jr 72.preview

What’s hard to imagine is how some people have since accused the bombing of being fake. Others have accused Carlos Arredondo (the man in the hat, above, and the subject of my poem) a fraud. Such accusations disgust me.

In better news, Jeff Bauman, the man who lost his legs in the photo, is now expecting his first child and he is engaged to be married.

#napomo2014 @phillypoetryday #phillypoeryday #poetdelphia #Apiary


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