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Kim Bridgford

Posted by admin on November 16, 2012

 

Kim Bridgford directs the West Chester University Poetry Center. She is the founder of The Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline Project and the author of five books of poetry, most recently Hitchcock’s Coffin: Sonnets about Classic Films. She has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and on NPR.

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Jumping

— September 11, 2011

Sometimes I think of them, when I am kept

Awake at night. It was a workday morning

When they died, an ordinary morning when they leapt.

They made it look so easy, therefore earning

Our respect, like a complicated skill.

You can forget it was not easy at all.

 

They didn’t seem to pause. Like cherubim —

The office staff, accountants, businessmen —

Within the ash of morning, they would glisten,

 

Remembering that love’s a crucible,

And wishing — as did we — for a hand (something!)

To tap the heavens, see if God’s at home.

 

And fell. Such quiet in their terror-song.

We could not look away, watched far too long.