In honor of the 13th anniversary of attack on the World Trade Center, September 11, 2001.
No. 55 in the 100 Poems project, a setting of the eponymous Cummings’ poem.
plato told references the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, and a chartacter who, despite having been told by Plato, Jesus, Lao Tsze, General William Sherman, and you and me, did not fully understand the consequences of war. Cummings ends the poem with: “it took/a nipponized bit of/the old sixth/avenue/el;in the top of his head:to tell/him,” a reference to the fact that scrap metal from the old NYC subway line were sold to the Japanese in the years leading up to the attack, and this metal could have been used to manufacture the bombs used in 1941 which killed the man referenced in the poem.