To an outsider it is not surprising,
though they say here it's been cleared at last:
in the restored air, a walking calm
that is the rest of the city returned.
What we've known all along has come to pass,
what was the norm at the nexus with
disaster has come round again,
Ground Zero, with a future bespoken.
As for what occurred, in explanation,
something is taken when it isn't given:
calamity is debt honoured, once
paid, the tiny borrowings re-begin.
God! -- but what is there found wanting in us
that such a magnitude of wrath kindles?
That appeased by Christ's blood shed
that brings redemption, is yet wreaked in metaphors?