Rosen ’11: When God Happens

[Mike Rosen ’11]

By A.N. Kini '13

"When God Happens," by poet and educator Mike Rosen '11, was featured on Upworthy in memory of 9/11, which Mike experienced first hand as a 12 year-old in New York City.

The following is an excerpt from the poem:

That day, no one in New York grabbed rifles,
we grabbed bandanas and shovels and we started digging
because our lives were underneath that rubble
and the firemen were looking for the bodies.
It has been ten years, and my friend is still looking for her father's body
Your war is not helping her find him.
Your war has done nothing but add to the list of little boys like me,
who wish to sleep at the feet of their father's beds.
My father worked nowhere near the Trade Center, but I didn't know that then.
What I knew was that the phone lines were down
and that until I heard his voice, so was he.
Your war has done nothing but add to the list of boys
in New York, in Iraq, in Afghanistan
The list of boys who are still waiting
for their fathers to come home.

Watch it on Upworthy…

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