9/11: LAVENDER MEMORIAM, by Kenneth Pobo


Gay firefighters died trying
to save lives
when towers buckled.
They had partners,


no right to marry,
couldn’t legally adopt.


heads call gay rights
anti-American.  Cameras
focus on heterosexual
families.  Leaders
mourn acceptable losses.




Gay people burned
to death, buried
under falling structures.


We have names.


Say them.


Say who we loved
and who loved us.


We are human beings.
We too
sleep in ashes.



KENNETH POBO has a new chapbook out from Thunderclap Press called Closer Walks.  His work appears online at: Stickman Review, Word Riot, 2River View, Philistine Press, Forpoetry.com and elsewhere.