*Ahh, the frivolous things we let upset us everyday: someone cuts us off on the freeway; we get all the way home and discover the fries are not in the bag; we have a bad hair day; and the list goes on. For some of us it’s gotten so we expect things to always go our way, and we don’t want to be inconvenienced in the least.

Nowadays, one can only wonder how a society that has so much, be so discontented? And if it’s not on the menu, we’ll ask for it anyway! Could it be we have too many choices like the poor little rich kid who has everything? What a pity. A child bored with building blocks finds new ways to tear them down.

Remember the images of those who jumped to their deaths after the planes crashed into New York’s Twin Towers?  Their lives were reduced to only two choices in the blink of an eye: stay trapped in those hellish doomed buildings, or jump. Remember those on Flight 93 in Pennsylvania? Their fate was sealed. So many decisions made that dreadful day ten years ago spelled certain death.

On September 11th, will we show honor in some way to those who voluntarily and involuntarily lost their lives? Will we be grateful that we have a menu of options from which to choose? Or will it be just another day where we go our own self-centered way thinking the world revolves around us, and that things have to go our way or else!?

 

TWO CHOICES

Poem by Larry Buford

 

I heard the roaring of the plane

so close I held my breath

then an explosive crash announced

  the arrival of death.

 

The tremendous boom, the crunch, the grind

drowned out my desperate scream

great fireballs, heat so intense

I prayed it was a dream.

 

Fear took control – what shall I do

perish in flames or flee

I paced and cried, I cried and paced

 time running out on me.

 

No where to run, no where to hide

so far above the ground

 my last wish for my loved ones was

that my remains be found.

 

I jumped into Eternity

Hell blazing at my heels

I pleaded, God have mercy…

knowing my fate was sealed.

 

Larry Buford is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer. Author of “Things Are Gettin’ Outta Hand” (Steuben Pub) www.amazon.com. Available at Smiley’s Bookstore in Carson CA, and Chaucer’s in Santa Barbara CA. Visit the author at www.editorialbylarry.com. (213) 220-8101