Theme: Suicide

In Sympathy of Cause

Through a magnifying glass an insect on
the headlamp of a car would thus appear:
one crushed by speed, unthinkable the tear
for its lost life, so insignificant;
thus so, the Cessna sticking to the Bank
of America Tower, speed rammed there,
whose head was crushed, and whose stiff insect rear
signified whose lost life, significant.
There was a blip of panic, bowels churned
at the unthinkable; but in the street
below, the coursing traffic seemed forgiving,
pretending this was something else; one learned
was one boy's choice a martyr's end to meet
in sympathy of cause, a man serves living.
(On 5 Jan 2002, Charles Bishop, a 15-year old high-school student, crashed a Cessna light aircraft into the Bank of America Tower in downtown Tampa, Florida, killing only himself.)


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